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White Space Creativity - Creative Mornings Miami



In visual arts and graphic design, white space is fundamental to allowing a creation to exist, by creating delineation and focus. Similarly, in our lives, creativity often sprouts from the "white ...

In visual arts and graphic design, white space is fundamental to allowing a creation to exist, by creating delineation and focus. Similarly, in our lives, creativity often sprouts from the "white space" of time: the moments in our increasingly busy schedules between activities and thoughts that allow the subconscious to better absorb and connect information. Clearly, in order to be more creative, we need to open up this "in-between" space in our lives, but once we've done so, how can we best capitalize upon the brain's natural creative capacities? In this talk, we'll explore several counter-intuitive and potentially subversive methods for leveraging this "white space" to foment innovative thinking creative productivity.



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    White Space Creativity - Creative Mornings Miami White Space Creativity - Creative Mornings Miami Presentation Transcript

    • White Space Denise R. Jacobs Creative Mornings Miami∙ Miami, FL 6 December 2013
    • @denisejacobs @Miami_CM1 #whitespacecreate
    • THE CANVAS The State of the Create
    • When we are in the creative flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfear/289257055/
    • We are alchemists http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faust_image_19thcentury.jpg
    • It feels like http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2761300969/
    • Creativity is magical, but it is not magic.” - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
    • However, what happens is this http://www.flickr.com/photos/7693102@N07/2536807562/
    • We have this amazing tool http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APSM_V14_D495_Side_view_of_the_brain_and_spinal_cord.jpg
    • Time http://www.flickr.com/photos/33909700@N02/3159761620/
    • Attention http://www.flickr.com/photos/copperfeesh/147493122/
    • Focus http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
    • Can’t access all of your great ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
    • GIVE & TAKE Creativity and Power
    • We’re powerful http://www.flickr.com/photos/89927155@N00/2144275209/
    • Instead of using it fully http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
    • Try to contain it http://www.flickr.com/photos/gc_photography/4662878037/
    • Or give it away https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6D-O5ECr5EUow5jrck2A2A
    • GIVE & TAKE Distracting Complications.
    • Internal http://www.flickr.com/photos/boojee/4457378697/
    • Look outside ourselves http://www.flickr.com/photos/jtcatbagan/1557200142/
    • Distractions http://www.flickr.com/photos/generated/2084287794/
    • Addicted to hyperconnectivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/andersdenken/2082816707/
    • Intermittent reinforcement http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristoferbjorkman/6910216819/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jepoirrier/422469526/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/foreignoffice/2671039488/
    • Hyperconnectivity gives us the perception of getting more done. It makes us feel like we're doing more, because we're using every free moment of every waking hour.” - Jonathan Fields
    • Overwhelmed http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeflyer09/7574540716/
    • Afraid? Photo: Denise Jacobs
    • All over the places http://www.flickr.com/photos/figliodiorfeo/2393269886/
    • MAKE? How?
    • Channeling this divine power http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Creation_of_Adam_(Michelangelo)_Detail.jpg
    • Creativity is newness produced.” - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds
    • Moving from thinking Photo: Derek Kearney
    • To creating http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
    • What if the trick is not in doing? http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenturamon/83083170/
    • Something else http://www.flickr.com/photos/djgarage/3680441291/in/photostream/
    • The in-between http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguslepe/5512044294/
    • Genius is the offspring of the in-between.” - Jonathan Fields
    • GIVE & TAKE Creating Focus
    • Maximize http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblue98/7254347346/
    • A balanced brain http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=left%20brain%20right%20brain&order=9&offset=48#/d10qlpq
    • Integrate http://www.flickr.com/photos/47691521@N07/4639590640/
    • Neurons firing well http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorelei-ranveig/2294885580/
    • Know your Brainwaves
    • Alpha: the gateway to creativity
    • Being prone http://www.flickr.com/photos/snazzy54/4581347651/
    • Spacing out http://www.flickr.com/photos/frinthy/4680321558/
    • Daydream http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzylittlemanpeach/4633972431/
    • Mindless activity http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabi/2499381396/
    • Showers http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3761878381/
    • Cross-channel movement http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/
    • Refocus through breath http://www.flickr.com/photos/guiniveretoo/1573049301/
    • Laughing http://www.flickr.com/photos/wickenden/3644297054/
    • Playing/Fun http://www.flickr.com/photos/kkendall/3613416741/
    • When you are playful, you are activating the right side of your brain. The logical brain is a limited brain. The right side is unlimited. You can (do and ) be anything you want.” - Madan Kataria, The Laughter Guru
    • Instead of this http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielsilliman/4489863368/
    • Intend Alpha http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
    • When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist
    • GIVE & TAKE Aid from the Unseen
    • 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?
    • Natalie http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/
    • From the mind of a 4 year old Photo courtesy of Laura Bohill (@LauRARbee)
    • A little help from (imaginary) friends
    • Travel our internal lands http://archivingthecity.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/maps_of_the_imagination.jpg
    • Your subconscious http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Themuse.jpg
    • One form of a genius… http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Albert_Einstein%2C_by_Doris_Ulmann.jpg
    • Another form of a genius
    • Daemon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babel_fish_(The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy)#Babel_fish
    • Muses http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:NAMA_3_Muses.jpg
    • 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 were also thought to inspire people to do their best.
    • Mneme (Memory) Photo: Denise Jacobs
    • Melete (Practice/Occasion) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayray/4069381837/
    • Aoide (Voice) Photo: Denise Jacobs
    • The spirit of the idea http://www.flickr.com/photos/generated/3152875826/
    • Ideas want to take form
    • The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…” - Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Ideas use us (not vise-versa)
    • Listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
    • Converse http://www.flickr.com/photos/tojosan/181249465/
    • Trust is everything.” - Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants
    • Voila! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
    • GIVE & TAKE How will you move forward?
    • The choice is yours http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasoneppink/80772661/
    • How you use your creative brain power “Untitled” by Americo Morales
    • Creative flow lies in-between http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgeithner/5290115839/
    • Reclaim our power http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
    • True. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stealingsand/5563317146/
    • The future is now http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
    • Creativity makes day to day experiences more vivid, more enjoyable, more rewarding. When we live creatively, boredom is banished and every moment holds the promise of a fresh discovery.” - Mihali Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity
    • Leverage white space http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
    • The End…? http://www.flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/232100469/
    • Resources! delicious.com/denisejacobs/getunblocked delicious.com/denisejacobs/unfoldyourbrain delicious.com/denisejacobs/creativityhabit delicious.com/denisejacobs/brainoncreativity Always being updated as I find new relevant articles! “Great Resources” almost daily: @denisejacobs on Twitter
    • My articles for further reading netmagazine.com/features/ four-secrets-enhancingcreative-productivity alistapart.com/articles/ reigniting-your-creative-spark/ alistapart.com/articles/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
    • Art & Inspiration: Americo Morales “Untitled 1” Mind map AmericoMorales.net
    • How to find me DeniseJacobs.com denise@denisejacobs.com Twitter.com/denisejacobs Facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom Slideshare.net/denisejacobs Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
    • GIVE & TAKE Sign up for news on my upcoming book, projects, other announcements and whatnot at the brand-spankin’ new DeniseJacobs.com
    • THANK YOU!