Your Guide to

The Mechanics of Creativity

See the Steps to Create like Magic!

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Excerpt from the Dan Zen Creativity Framework

The self-proclaimed, most creative person in the world, has made a Creativity Framework. What do the others say? (You are welcome to do a fast scroll over these!)

“There isn’t any aspect of creativity Dan Zen hasn’t explored.”

“Uncanny ability to elaborate on the spectrum of life.”

“Reverberates with creativity and brilliance — no doubt, Dan Zen is a genius.”

“Outside convention and subsequently teaches us how to see with new eyes.”

“Love his creativity — a wonderful soul brewing with vivacity in his laboratory.”

“The most unique and creative person I have ever met.”

“Something new and radical, but still familiar enough so people can relate.”

“A special shiny thread in the fabric of this existence.”

“An amazing layered mind.”

“By and large the most audacious artist I have met.”

“A creation factory akin to the likes of Andy Warhol.”

“I’d put Dan Zen on the team to save our world.”

“A cerebral cosmonaut transcending the neural narrative of now.”

“Insatiable curiosity and generosity of spirit.”

“At the forefront of experimental experiences — a leader and mentor.”

“A creative genius.”

“Dan Zen is a sentinel master who re-wires the world.”

“Incredibly authentic.”

“On a mission to help everyone become a creator.”

“The most creative professional I know.”

“Bursting with life, passion, and creativity.”

“Fueled by innovation, beauty and intrigue.”

“A creative genius, a perfect combination of original idea and scientific mind.”

“A multifaceted, creative being with many incarnations.”

“No limits to his imagination or talent.”

“A brilliant combination of arts in motion with technology.”

“Wild and eccentric — a pioneer of the creative process.”

“The most original and creative of Inventors.”

“Engages and inspires using his zany off-beat personality.”

“First one to catch the wave.”

“My favourite Hamilton artist of all time… truly an anomaly of authenticity.”

“A hyper cool hipster — his whole personal being is art.”

“An Inventor uniquely creative in his trade.”

“A genius balance of imagination, creativity and eccentricity.”

“A passion for creating.”

“An inspirational conversationalist who leaves deep footprints in our lives.”

“Quite a bright young man.”

“Creative genius — magic and wonder abounds.”

“Hands on approach to his theory of Nodism — I always learn something new.”

“A great inventor whose creativity and talent has proven to be boundless.”

“Impressive number of inventions — as if made on perpetual drive.”

“A one-of-a-kind vibe.”

“A brilliant way of looking at the world and engaging minds.”

“An inquisitive mind with the added ability to teach.”

“Always delighted by the expansion I feel when I engage in Dan Zen’s ideas.”

“Blows my mind.”

“Digital Creation Fringe Technartiste Inspiration.”

“One of the most creative (and zaniest) people I have met.”

“Stretches your imagination to a new level.”

“A walking box of wonders with unabashed joy in sharing.”

“Uncanny savvy for engineering and experimentation.”

“The most engaging and inspiring technical lectures on creativity — truly a pioneer.”

“The Andy Warhol of Hamilton.”

“Thanks for all the great wonder and ingenuity you bring to the world.”

“Encourages remarkable work.”

“Brilliantly pushing the envelope to the unknown.”

“Inspired me to never stop learning, growing, and making a positive difference.”

“Unquestionably a gifted thinker with delight in encouraging others to be creative.”

“Both a thinker and a doer — left and right brained.”

“The most creative, enthusiastic and imaginative person I have come across.”

“An eccentric beacon — an odd genius with a mind that expands beyond the norm.”

“Spontaneous ingenuity.”

“Dan Zen stands out among the heavy-weights in the creative scene.”

“Presents his vision for creative activities in a unique and accessible manner.”

“Empowers creation with flare.”

“A Renaissance man, a modern day Inventor, and a perpetual futurist.”

“Able to think in an limitless way.”

“An irreplaceable teacher for out of the box thinking.”

“Leads others to creative thinking.”

“Highly recommend Dan Zen to expand your mind to its creative potential.”

“By far the most creatively unique person I have met.”

Still here? We are glad! For more information please see ◎ Your Guide to Inventor Dan Zen.

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The Creativity Framework by Dan Zen

Creativity Framework

Inventor Dan Zen has spent fifty years being creative, twenty years analyzing creativity and ten years synthesizing the Philosophy of Nodism to which his wife suggested:

People might follow Nodism if you made it useful!

In response, Zen made the Creativity Framework based on the findings of Nodism. (Don’t worry, relax and be part of the Nodist Colony!) For more information see ◎ Your Guide to the Philosophy of Nodism

Our present guide will help you explore the Creativity Framework. Just make sure you prepare by examining all the diagrams below! Hahaha.

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Sketches of Zen discovering Nodism
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These ideas informed the Creativity Framework
Dan Zen TEDx talk: Simply Inventive —No More Waiting for Aha!

Creativity Framework Introduction

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The Creativity Framework has two parts — context and content. See how the box (the framework) holds the two inner boxes (context and content). The curly antennae thing shows the same data splitting one thing into two parts. “Mapping” data in multiple ways is a principle of the framework.

Above the antennae is the Dan Zen vertical totem signature. It spells DAN going up and ZEN coming down. Each of the subsequent Dan Zen Website designs featured a different signature. This is the signature for the Dan Zen Museum. Other signatures are shown inside the museum.

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The term Medium or Media is very important in the Information Age (although Zen says we are now in the Environmental Age). Despite the confusion and kerfuffle caused by another Canadian pundit, a medium is quite simple to describe:

A medium sits between — hot, cold and medium.
A spiritual medium sits between living and dead.

Pictured above is Zen wearing a mod-target wicker beret signed by the bass player of the Specials. Zen is actually performing a spectacular magic trick of his devising seen in this play list:

Please only watch if you have a spare few minutes! We warned you!

The screen capture has been modified to make Zen look like he is a Spiritual Medium looking into a crystal globe. But that is not just any globe… it is a Node Globe featuring a radial hierarchy. Zen programmed these to display fragments of XML (or HTML in the cases shown below).

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Node Globes of radial hierarchies showing fragments of a Web page

Hierarchy is very important to the Framework so we will see a radial hierarchy again later.

These diagrams might remind you of Incan knots, as they are often spread radially, but it does not appear that they used hierarchy but rather counting.

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At the bottom right corner of the 1.1 Creativity Framework slide is a little fellow that Zen is contacting. This is Marshall McLuhan, famous for declaring that the medium is the message. If McLuhan meant that the medium is the important thing to look at then perhaps. Traditionally the message is considered to be the content. Zen will flip the phrase around in the Framework to show that:

A message is a medium — Dan Zen

McLuhan is thinking, “Oh” as Zen visually defines context (the medium) and content (the message) in the first part of the Framework. Zen will then move to the second part to describe how to be creative with relevance using the Framework. This is explained in:


We look forward to bringing you the next parts of the guide. The framework has been presented hundreds of times but this will be the first written guide. Hopefully, what you have seen has piqued your interest. If so, you may also want to explore these other guides:

We leave you for now with words from a man who has devoted his adult life to understanding the nature of creativity:

“I’ve always maintained that creativity is the act of connecting things in unexpected ways, and looked for tools that assist in strengthening creative abilities. The Creativity Framework by Dan Zen helps you break down (analyze) or build up (synthesize) the creative process, providing perspective, definition and clarity. Assimilating Zen’s thoughts about content and context will permanently alter your perspective on creativity.” — Jason Theodor

All the best,

Dr Abstract

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Written by

Inventor, Founder of ZIM JavaScript Canvas Framework and Nodism, Professor of Interactive Media at Sheridan, Canadian New Media Awards Programmer and Educator

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