This statement, made by a family member recalling how a nurse “broke” a hospital rule regarding visitation so that a new mom and her baby were able to visit one another inspired an idea. It got members of the IHI Leadership Alliance thinking: How many rules do we currently have in place that were likely created with the best of intentions but don’t benefit patients, families, or staff?

So they decided to ask. In January 2016, leaders from 24 Leadership Alliance organizations asked a simple, but galvanizing question to patients, families, providers, and staff:

More than 240 organizations from 21 countries participated in a global Breaking the Rules for Better Care week on February 26–March 2, 2018.


This statement, made by a family member recalling how a nurse “broke” a hospital rule regarding visitation so that a new mom and her baby were able to visit one another inspired an idea. It got members of the IHI Leadership Alliance thinking: How many rules do we currently have in place that were likely created with the best of intentions but don’t benefit patients, families, or staff?

So they decided to ask. In January 2016, leaders from 24 Leadership Alliance organizations asked a simple, but galvanizing question to patients, families, providers, and staff:

More than 240 organizations from 21 countries participated in a global Breaking the Rules for Better Care week on February 26–March 2, 2018.

In a  previous article , I discussed several so-called 'rules of composition'. Compositional rules, however, can be  polarizing and divisive. Is this because as artists, we prize independence and don't like to, 'color in between the lines'? Or is it because we've all experienced disappointment when slavish application of the  Golden Ratio  still produces drab and lifeless images?

Certainly, great works of art have been produced throughout history that paid no heed to pre-determined compositional rules. You may ask then, if compelling art is  not  created by simply following rules, what's the point of learning the rules in the first place? That's a great question.

Now this is not going to be an article suggesting that all compositional rules are 'bad' or 'wrong'. Instead, what follows is a look at the rationale behind some established compositional rules. I'd argue that by understanding the intent behind a rule, we can subvert or break the rule to create drama or focus the viewer's attention in creative and novel ways. Let's begin with an example from another visual medium: drawing.

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