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White Space Creativity - Creative Mornings Miami


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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 - Creative Mornings Miami

  1. White Space Denise R. Jacobs Creative Mornings Miami∙ Miami, FL 6 December 2013
  2. @denisejacobs @Miami_CM1 #whitespacecreate
  3. THE CANVAS The State of the Create
  4. When we are in the creative flow
  5. We are alchemists
  6. It feels like
  7. Creativity is magical, but it is not magic.” - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  8. However, what happens is this
  9. We have this amazing tool
  10. Time
  11. Attention
  12. Focus
  13. Can’t access all of your great ideas
  14. GIVE & TAKE Creativity and Power
  15. We’re powerful
  16. Instead of using it fully
  17. Try to contain it
  18. Or give it away
  19. GIVE & TAKE Distracting Complications.
  20. Internal
  21. Look outside ourselves
  22. Distractions
  23. Addicted to hyperconnectivity
  24. Intermittent reinforcement
  25. 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
  26. Overwhelmed
  27. Afraid? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  28. All over the places
  29. MAKE? How?
  30. Channeling this divine power
  31. Creativity is newness produced.” - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds
  32. Moving from thinking Photo: Derek Kearney
  33. To creating
  34. What if the trick is not in doing?
  35. Something else
  36. The in-between
  37. Genius is the offspring of the in-between.” - Jonathan Fields
  38. GIVE & TAKE Creating Focus
  39. Maximize
  40. A balanced brain
  41. Integrate
  42. Neurons firing well
  43. Know your Brainwaves
  44. Alpha: the gateway to creativity
  45. Being prone
  46. Spacing out
  47. Daydream
  48. Mindless activity
  49. Showers
  50. Cross-channel movement
  51. Refocus through breath
  52. Laughing
  53. Playing/Fun
  54. 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
  55. Instead of this
  56. Intend Alpha
  57. When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist
  58. GIVE & TAKE Aid from the Unseen
  59. 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?
  60. Natalie
  61. From the mind of a 4 year old Photo courtesy of Laura Bohill (@LauRARbee)
  62. A little help from (imaginary) friends
  63. Travel our internal lands
  64. Your subconscious
  65. One form of a genius…
  66. Another form of a genius
  67. Daemon
  68. Muses
  69. The Three Original Muses Mneme – Memory Melete – Practice or occasion Aoide – Voice
  70. 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.
  71. Mneme (Memory) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  72. Melete (Practice/Occasion)
  73. Aoide (Voice) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  74. The spirit of the idea
  75. Ideas want to take form
  76. The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  77. Ideas use us (not vise-versa)
  78. Listen
  79. Converse
  80. Trust is everything.” - Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants
  81. Voila!
  82. GIVE & TAKE How will you move forward?
  83. The choice is yours
  84. How you use your creative brain power “Untitled” by Americo Morales
  85. Creative flow lies in-between
  86. Reclaim our power
  87. True.
  88. The future is now
  89. 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
  90. Leverage white space
  91. The End…?
  92. Resources! Always being updated as I find new relevant articles! “Great Resources” almost daily: @denisejacobs on Twitter
  93. My articles for further reading four-secrets-enhancingcreative-productivity reigniting-your-creative-spark/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
  94. Art & Inspiration: Americo Morales “Untitled 1” Mind map
  95. How to find me Photo used with permission:
  96. GIVE & TAKE Sign up for news on my upcoming book, projects, other announcements and whatnot at the brand-spankin’ new
  97. THANK YOU!