White Space Creativity


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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

  1. white space Denise R. Jacobs Skissernas Museum ∙ University of Lund Lund, Sweden∙ 6 November 2013
  2. @denisejacobs #skissernasmuseum #whitespacreate
  3. My own blocks caused me to binge-create
  4. But I was still afraid: am I truly creative? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  5. After writing this…
  6. I had an epiphany http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055814772/
  7. In terms of http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  8. We ALL hold the power http://www.flickr.com/photos/assbach/267598910/
  9. It’s highly valued http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
  10. I’ve decided it’s my life work Photo: Derek Kearney
  11. THE CANVAS The State of the Create
  12. What’s our most important tool for creating? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogil/1507585665/
  13. Precisely. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APSM_V14_D495_Side_view_of_the_brain_and_spinal_cord.jpg
  14. Time http://www.flickr.com/photos/33909700@N02/3159761620/
  15. Attention http://www.flickr.com/photos/copperfeesh/147493122/
  16. Focus http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  17. However, what happens is this http://www.flickr.com/photos/7693102@N07/2536807562/
  18. And you run http://royhoes.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Inspiration-85588391
  19. Can’t access all of your great ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  20. When we are in the creative flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfear/289257055/
  21. We are alchemists http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faust_image_19thcentury.jpg
  22. Creativity is newness produced.” - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds
  23. It feels like http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2761300969/
  24. Creativity is magical, but it is not magic.” - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  25. NEGATIVE SPACE Perception & Lies
  26. It starts early http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/
  27. Age 6
  28. Dad Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  29. Mother & Sister Photo: Deloria Jacobs Photos: Deloria Jacobs
  30. Me? A graphic artist Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  31. Age 10
  32. Oldest friend in the world Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  33. Age 12
  34. Camp Whip-poor-will Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  35. My genetic heritage Mom: 5’11 Dad: 6’3 Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  36. Taller than everyone, all the time
  37. Age 24
  38. Happy graduation! Now what? Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  39. First airplane ride! Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  40. Internalized the critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  41. These lies that we tell ourselves http://www.flickr.com/photos/emayoh/4589881812/
  42. Leave parts of us paralyzed and imprisoned http://www.flickr.com/photos/b3ni/2990601183/
  43. Adds up
  44. GIVE & TAKE Creativity and Power
  45. Power
  46. Afraid? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  47. We’re powerful http://www.flickr.com/photos/89927155@N00/2144275209/
  48. Overwhelmed http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeflyer09/7574540716/
  49. Instead of using it fully http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  50. Try to contain it http://www.flickr.com/photos/gc_photography/4662878037/
  51. We give our power away https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6D-O5ECr5EUow5jrck2A2A
  52. NOISE & CLUTTER Distracting Complications.
  53. Internal http://www.flickr.com/photos/boojee/4457378697/
  54. Look outside ourselves http://www.flickr.com/photos/jtcatbagan/1557200142/
  55. Distractions http://www.flickr.com/photos/generated/2084287794/
  56. Addicted to hyperconnectivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/andersdenken/2082816707/
  57. Intermittent reinforcement http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristoferbjorkman/6910216819/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jepoirrier/422469526/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/foreignoffice/2671039488/
  58. Unclosed mental loops http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Zeigarnik_Effect
  59. 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
  60. Unleash it? http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanekemp/6152286326/
  61. Multiple places at once http://www.flickr.com/photos/figliodiorfeo/2393269886/
  62. Bored = http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  63. Seeking distraction/entertainment http://www.flickr.com/photos/modenaroid/4103509077/
  64. Something else http://www.flickr.com/photos/djgarage/3680441291/in/photostream/
  65. The in-between http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguslepe/5512044294/
  66. Allows creativity to blossom http://www.flickr.com/photos/beigephotos/16139685/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/beigephotos/16139686/
  67. Genius is the offspring of the in-between.” - Jonathan Fields
  68. CLARITY Changing Focus
  69. Maximize http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblue98/7254347346/
  70. A balanced brain http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=left%20brain%20right%20brain&order=9&offset=48#/d10qlpq
  71. Integrate http://www.flickr.com/photos/47691521@N07/4639590640/
  72. Neurons firing well http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorelei-ranveig/2294885580/
  73. Know your Brainwaves
  74. Alpha: the gateway to creativity
  75. Spacing out http://www.flickr.com/photos/frinthy/4680321558/
  76. Daydream http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzylittlemanpeach/4633972431/
  77. Mindless activity http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabi/2499381396/
  78. Being prone http://www.flickr.com/photos/snazzy54/4581347651/
  79. Showers http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3761878381/
  80. Get physical http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/
  81. Breathe to refocus http://www.flickr.com/photos/guiniveretoo/1573049301/
  82. Laughing http://www.flickr.com/photos/wickenden/3644297054/
  83. Playing/Fun http://www.flickr.com/photos/kkendall/3613416741/
  84. 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
  85. Instead of this http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielsilliman/4489863368/
  86. Intend Alpha http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  87. When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist
  88. THE INVISIBLE Aid from the Unseen
  89. 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?
  90. Natalie http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/
  91. From the mind of a 4yo Photo courtesy of Laura Bohill (@LauRARbee)
  92. A little help from (imaginary) friends
  93. Travel our internal lands http://archivingthecity.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/maps_of_the_imagination.jpg
  94. Your subconscious http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Themuse.jpg
  95. One form of a genius… http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Albert_Einstein%2C_by_Doris_Ulmann.jpg
  96. Another form of a genius
  97. Daemon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babel_fish_(The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy)#Babel_fish
  98. Muses http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:NAMA_3_Muses.jpg
  99. The Three Original Muses Mneme – Memory Melete – Practice or occasion Aoide – Voice
  100. 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.
  101. Mneme (Memory) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  102. Melete (Practice/Occasion) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayray/4069381837/
  103. Aoide (Voice) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  104. The spirit of the idea http://www.flickr.com/photos/generated/3152875826/
  105. Ideas want to take form
  106. The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  107. Ideas use us (not vise-versa)
  108. Listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
  109. Converse http://www.flickr.com/photos/tojosan/181249465/
  110. Trust is everything.” - Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants
  111. Voila! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
  112. CHOOSE How will you move forward?
  113. The choice is yours http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasoneppink/80772661/
  114. How you use your creative brain power “Untitled” by Americo Morales
  115. Creative flow lies in-between http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgeithner/5290115839/
  116. True. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stealingsand/5563317146/
  117. Reclaim our power http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
  118. Value yourself, ideas, and process http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  119. Moving forward http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
  120. 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
  121. Leverage white space http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
  122. The End…? http://www.flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/232100469/
  123. 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
  124. 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/
  125. Art & Inspiration: Americo Morales “Untitled 1” Mind map AmericoMorales.net
  126. 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/
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  128. THANK YOU! Tack!