Process Keyword: Context

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When your work is part of a bigger picture, considering its context is absolutely crucial. How is your work going to fit in?

puzzle_piece3Context is all the stuff that is not included in your work, but influences it all the same. Knowing how to work well within a  given context is a hallmark of true professionalism.

For example, when an architect designs a building, the context of his work may be the surrounding landscape, the type of soil, and so on. Context is also the budget and the set of requirements defined by the customer.

Similarly, the context of a single panel in a comics book is the layout of the page, the story, the style of the piece, and so on.

When your work is part of a bigger picture, considering its context is absolutely crucial. How is your work going fit in? How does it connect to everything around it? What’s the style of the context, and how do you keep your work consistent with it? What is the context trying to achieve, and how can your work contribute? Here’s a very effective question to ask: what would be missing in the big picture, if your work was omitted?

Context is explained in depth in our course GO*PRO – the practical side of creativity.


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