Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios
and current president, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
, is also the author of Creativity, Inc.
, a 2014 publication that features the sub-title, "Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration." Chapter 1 begins with a Table Story
, an account of a 13-year experience in Pixar's West One conference room with an "elegant," "long and skinny" table, "chosen by a designer Steve Jobs liked" that Catmull "grew to hate" for the way in which it "impeded our work," including the creative process for their first feature film, Toy Story.
Catmull eventually realized that standing meetings were being obstructed by the table, where "it was nearly impossible to make eye contact without craning your neck." Fixed seating arrangements, using place cards, further compounded the ability to work together. Upon shifting one meeting to a smaller room, with a square table, and experiencing a smoother flow of ideas, Catmull attributed the improvement in thinking together and learning together to the equilateral table geometry. In short order, the long and skinny table in West One was replaced by a square table, the hierarchical place cards were eliminated, creativity improved, and these previously unseen forces became Pixar's Table Story.
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