I used to think that I was the only one who enjoyed living in the mud between creativity and technology. That was until I met Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs. We got together and came up with this theory:
There is no such thing as only art or science in isolation without the other.
FACT CHECKER ALERT:
1: I never actually met Steve Jobs, and I only bumped into Leonardo once at a cocktail party where we didn't talk about this at all, but rather why he never built his flying machines if they were so brilliant.
2: This isn't an original theory- I am sure volumes have been written, but not with this amount of zip and as few words.
How much does one need to know about ohms, theory, math, and air pressure in order to create a sweet and wonderful musical experience? Can a photographer capture their best creative image without understanding aperture, shutter speed or ISO?
THE SUM OF ART AND SCIENCE
There is not a technical lens in one hand and a creative lens in the other wIth which to see the world one lens at a time. I submit those lenses are permanently layered on top of one another so that we see through both. Everything we experience is the sum of art and science. I don't see purple without thinking red and blue. I don't hear a bass drum without also seeing this gigantic sound wave rushing toward me.
Creating any work of art requires appropriate doses of technical elements coming together. I can't make a vocal sound better because I am a creative person. I make adjustments from my technical base- fed and approved by my artistic sense.
SHE'S SO CREATIVE...
I have wasted hours criticizing tech types for being pocket protecting propellorheads. I felt that I came from a more creative background so therefore I could craft a better result. I would equally criticize web programmers who couldn't tell the difference between Times and Helvetica. Or a painter who was so creative she couldn't properly put a nail in the wall to hang her own painting.
Years later, I believe that painter has a vast technical background. She knows what formulations of of paint dry slower or faster and mix better or worse. What types of surfaces take to the paint in what types of ways. She can probably explain what is happening in a light prism better than most high school science teachers.
Just because she doesn't understand how to put a nail in a wall doesn't mean she isn't technical. It simply means that she needs to learn how to put a nail in a wall. She should learn what end of the hammer is which; learn how much weight a certain size nail can take; and find out how much weight 1/2" drywall can handle if she doesn't find a stud for strength.
THERE'S ONLY THE SUM
So which is more important: creative or technical strength? I submit neither. I believe that amazing only happens when tech and creative live in true harmony.