On-Demand Inspiration

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This presentation explores concepts around the sources of inspiration and ideas and practices for eliminating blocks and accessing the spark when you need it to develop and execute great work. …

This presentation explores concepts around the sources of inspiration and ideas and practices for eliminating blocks and accessing the spark when you need it to develop and execute great work. Presented at Rich Web Experience 2011, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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  • 1. On-Demand Inspiration Denise R. Jacobs // Rich Web Experience 2011 // Ft. Lauderdale, FL // 30 November 2011 //
  • 2. For the Twitter inspired: I am: @denisejacobs We’re at: #rwx2011 @nufluff I’m waxing philosophic about: #inspirationon
  • 3. Chief inspired one: Denise Jacobs Author, Trainer & Creativity Evangelist
  • 4. On Inspiration
  • 5. Inspire Origin: 1300–50; Middle English inspiren < Latin inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equivalent to in- + spīrāre to breathe Definition: 1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence 2. to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc. 3. to guide or control by divine influence. 4. Archaic: a. to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing. b. to breathe into or upon.
  • 6. Not this… http://www.flickr.com/photos/darcym/3371497085/
  • 7. Or this.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/victorsounds/2863267058/
  • 8. But this! http://www.flickr.com/photos/shwechen/825977693/
  • 9. Real world inspiration http://www.flickr.com/photos/nogood/211873647/
  • 10. Elusive when needed http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolocampioni/2168286027/
  • 11. Comes unheralded http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
  • 12. Inspiration Arc http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgeithner/5290115839/
  • 13. What gets you to http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasoneppink/80772661/
  • 14. So you never run http://royhoes.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Inspiration-85588391
  • 15. Some ideas on where to http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilike/3707503212/
  • 16. Envision (externalize and invite)
  • 17. Helpful delusion “Sometimes dabbling in mysticism can be a fun way to understand and solve a problem.” - Carl King, So you’re a Creative Genius, Now What?
  • 18. Externalize http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Themuse.jpg
  • 19. “Creation does not have to be a tormented process – it can be a peculiar, wondrous, bizarre conversation and collaboration between you and the strange external entity that is not quite you.” - Elizabeth Gilbert, Nuturing
  • 20. Who are these entities? http://www.flickr.com/photos/janrito/2224039964/
  • 21. Genius
  • 22. What is genius? “Genius is being able to understand the essence without having all of the information….Genius is the ability to see through to the essential.”
  • 23. Be one? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg
  • 24. …Or “have” one? As opposed to being a genius, consider that you have a genius – a mystical spirit that accompanies you and inspires and helps you to create fantastic work.
  • 25. Muses http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:NAMA_3_Muses.jpg
  • 26. Muses The three original muses: • Mneme - memory • Melete – practice or occasion • Aoide – voice Muses were thought to be the true speakers for whom an artist is merely the mouthpiece. Muses inspire people to do their best.
  • 27. Memory http://www.flickr.com/photos/frinthy/4680321558/
  • 28. Practice http://www.flickr.com/photos/kikisdad/50253208/
  • 29. Voice http://www.flickr.com/photos/duchamp/219072155/
  • 30. Spirit of the Idea
  • 31. Ideas are looking for you “The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…”
  • 32. “…If you don’t do it, it will find someone else.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  • 33. We are avatars
  • 34. How? http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyefruit/1097398/
  • 35. Invite http://www.flickr.com/photos/thingsarebetterwithaparrott/5167199598/
  • 36. Not like this… “My f*cking book won’t tell me its name!” “Well, if you’re going to talk to it like that, it’s not going to tell you anything.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  • 37. Be nice http://www.flickr.com/photos/junkchest/47929871/
  • 38. They’ll show you love
  • 39. Adjust
  • 40. Eliminate Blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_g_travels/860951845/
  • 41. Destructivity FEAR (“false evidence appearing real” or “f*ck everything and run”) causes unnecessary inhibitions which obstruct the generation of new ideas on a biochemical and neurological level. http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkpatator/2022423651/
  • 42. Inner critic
  • 43. Impostor syndrome
  • 44. Comparing http://www.flickr.com/photos/automania/126698126/
  • 45. Frenetic busy-ness http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/3041235238/
  • 46. An alternative http://www.flickr.com/photos/timsnell/6182788196/
  • 47. Manage Your Brain http://www.flickr.com/photos/jepoirrier/954701212/
  • 48. Lower Filters
  • 49. Go Alpha http://www.flickr.com/photos/44568283@N02/4097561067/
  • 50. Increase electric flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/tza/3214197147/
  • 51. How? http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyefruit/1097398/
  • 52. Willingness http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldave/3065425105/
  • 53. Walk http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcsaxon/542566756/
  • 54. Water http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3762676524
  • 55. Music
  • 56. Habit fields http://www.flickr.com/photos/risager/3452272176/
  • 57. Seek Inspiration
  • 58. Inspiration Sources http://www.flickr.com/photos/stn1978/5616518823/
  • 59. Biophilia http://www.flickr.com/photos/verifex/3782787057/
  • 60. The work of others http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/2377989263/
  • 61. Simple/crude
  • 62. Classic
  • 63. Quotidian
  • 64. Whimsical
  • 65. Serendipity The term serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairy tale "The Three Princes of Serendip," whose heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.“ - Dictionary.com
  • 66. “Intention guides serendipity, which fuels inspired ideation.” - Denise Jacobs, Immediate Inspiration http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonylwong/4021144377/
  • 67. Gather Sparks http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmanviz/3181410714/
  • 68. Collect & Curate http://www.flickr.com/photos/exoskeletoncabaret/5457279152/
  • 69. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” - Goethe http://www.flickr.com/photos/br1dotcom/4035067856/
  • 70. Tools • Zootool.com • Imgspark.com • Scrnshots.com • Vi.sualize.us • Emberapp.com • Pinterest.com • Evernote • Diigo • Delicious • Flickr
  • 71. Why? http://www.flickr.com/photos/brendio/71252025/
  • 72. Jump-off points http://www.flickr.com/photos/canadianveggie/34676903/
  • 73. Generate (ideate) http://www.flickr.com/photos/telstar/139602019/
  • 74. Do!!!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  • 75. Do It Yourself (DIY) http://www.flickr.com/photos/bking/237735847/
  • 76. Pursue problems to solve http://www.flickr.com/photos/international-festival/3018718331/
  • 77. Prototype & Iterate http://www.flickr.com/photos/deliciousblur/4165405018/ Try something. Get feedback. Tinker and refine. Get more feedback. Repeat.
  • 78. Suck at it (or be wrong) “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  • 79. What? http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatwhat/5460833/
  • 80. Flow happens • Clear work area, time, head • Knowing what you want to achieve and what it looks like • Materials on hand • No distractions • Practicing, and allowing it to come out
  • 81. What can you elicit?
  • 82. Do It With Others (DIWO) http://www.flickr.com/photos/u-suke/5668302030/
  • 83. Intellectual diversity http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirinwiniger/3680885289/
  • 84. Collaborate http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinfoilraccoon/632770422/
  • 85. Improvise. Plus. http://www.flickr.com/photos/roel1943/5740295789/
  • 86. Share http://www.flickr.com/photos/sepblog/3527804859/
  • 87. There’s no rush • Give ideas time to simmer, to develop into hunches • Ideas often have long incubation periods: they fade into view over time • Share hunches with others – this sets the stage for the aha/eureka moment
  • 88. Result: great ideas
  • 89. “Chance favors the connected mind.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  • 90. Capture http://www.flickr.com/photos/kara_allyson/5354860077/
  • 91. Write http://www.flickr.com/photos/indi/119410966/
  • 92. Sketch http://www.flickr.com/photos/eoze04/4890376021/
  • 93. Write & Sketch http://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/2560398294/
  • 94. Voice
  • 95. See. Believe.
  • 96. Watch what happens http://www.flickr.com/photos/xixidu/504337940/
  • 97. Inspiration is all around you
  • 98. The.Best.Feeling.Ever. http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/
  • 99. Create your own…deliberately http://www.flickr.com/photos/romaeuropafakefactory/3589494786/
  • 100. Go from this… http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamelah/23522284/
  • 101. To this… http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosengrant/3637839874/
  • 102. Unleash inspired creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kara_allyson/5354860077/
  • 103. A Vous! http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilike/3707503212/
  • 104. Further reading http://www.alistapart.com/articles/reigniting-your-creative-spark/ http://www.alistapart.com/articles/banishing-your-inner-critic/
  • 105. Resources http://www.delicious.com/ denisejacobs/inspirationon
  • 106. The CSS Detective Guide CSSDetectiveGuide.com twitter.com/cssdetective Get 35 off at PeachPit.com with the discount code “NETMAG” Shameless Self-Promotion #1
  • 107. InterAct With Web Standards: A Holistic Approach to Web Design InterActWithWebStandards.com twitter.com/waspinteract Shameless Self-Promotion #2
  • 108. How to find me DeniseJacobs.com denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs slideshare.net/denisejacobs
  • 109. Thank You!