How will I encourage my doctoral students to break out of the confines of the “conventional thesis”? How do other supervisors do this? And is it difficult for new supervisors to have the confidence to support students to be inventive? I wish I had read Creating scholartistry: Imagining the arts informed thesis or dissertation (2008) when I was a student, and I wish I had read it very early on. I would like to have physical versions handy, for browsing with students, of varied theses, like Daria Loi’s which is a suitcase, or Wayne Sellers’, which is drawn, in landscape format, or my own, which explodes between chapters, with photographs taken by a professional photographer. I remember the terror involved in refusing to comply with the university’s requirement that the thesis title page could not contain an image. I would like to welcome the idea that every thesis is unique, not only in theoretical conceptualisation and method, but in material, visual and structural shape, all informed by theory. To which examples do you direct your students, and when, if you basically want to blow apart rigid expectations?