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