Originality is something we often grasp for in the creative process. We want our words, images, and ideas to be seen as utterly unique. 

But are there really any original idea left?

Mark Twain wrote:

The kernel, the soul -- let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances -- is plagiarism. For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily used by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them.

Andrew Vucko, a Toronoto-based designer, explores originality and inspiration in the below video. He pulled together quotes from famous artists and creatives to explore the source of ideas and how we can come up with more creative -- and even original -- ideas. 

The script reads: 

Originality comes from making connections -- seeing patterns where others see chaos. ...

... It’s self expression by adding yourself to the equation.


Originally published Feb 23, 2015 7:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017