From Nathan Heintz at Reos Part­ners: Usually, when we think of limits, we think of restric­tions that hold us back, impeding our free ener­gies; we think of what we cannot do. In fact, limits are neces­sary char­ac­ter­is­tics of every phenom­enon, person, orga­ni­za­tion, and creative pursuit. Limits, edges, and bound­aries are the deter­mining factors that give things their appear­ance, struc­ture, and defi­n­i­tion.

Limits also abound in our minds. Here, they are the criteria that we use to shape the course and content of our work. Limits give us focus, simplicity, and the narrow­ness neces­sary to create impact and leverage. In this way, limits enable rather than hinder the creative process. In the case of art, you limit your­self when you choose your mate­rials; in writing, when you choose your subject matter; in building, when you choose a site. Limits are simple reflec­tions of our choices and our partic­ular chan­nels for action and thought. As such, they are not to be avoided or barged through, but worked and collab­o­rated with, tested, and known. Limits create space. Without walls, you have no room in which to work, no container for the substance and content of your work. · Go to The gener­a­tive limits of creativity →