White Space Creativity - Frontend Conference CH 2014


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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 - Frontend Conference CH 2014

  1. White Space Frontend CH Conference∙ Zürich, Switzerland 28 August 2014 Denise R. Jacobs
  2. @denisejacobs @frontendconfch #fec14 #whitespacecreate
  3. Wait…what?! Photo: Denise Jacobs Photo: Derek Kearney
  4. THE CANVAS The State of the Create
  5. How do you feel in the creative flow? http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfear/289257055/
  6. We are alchemists http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faust_image_19thcentury.jpg
  7. It feels like http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2761300969/
  8. Creativity is magical, but it is not magic.” - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  9. However, this happens http://www.flickr.com/photos/7693102@N07/2536807562/
  10. We have this amazing tool http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APSM_V14_D495_Side_view_of_the_brain_and_spinal_cord.jpg
  11. Time http://www.flickr.com/photos/33909700@N02/3159761620/
  12. Attention http://www.flickr.com/photos/copperfeesh/147493122/
  13. Focus http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  14. You run into road blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/99301367@N00/8497106802/
  15. Can’t access all of your great ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  16. GIVE & TAKECreativity and Power
  17. We’re powerful
  18. Instead of using it fully http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  19. Try to contain it http://www.flickr.com/photos/gc_photography/4662878037/
  20. Or give it away https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6D-O5ECr5EUow5jrck2A2A
  21. By doubting ourselves http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  22. GIVE & TAKEDistracting Complications
  23. Internal focus http://www.flickr.com/photos/boojee/4457378697/
  24. Look outside ourselves http://www.flickr.com/photos/jtcatbagan/1557200142/
  25. Addicted to hyperconnectivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/andersdenken/2082816707/
  26. Intermittent reinforcement http://www.flickr.com/photos/jepoirrier/422469526/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristoferbjorkman/6910216819/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/foreignoffice/2671039488/
  27. 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
  28. Distractions http://www.flickr.com/photos/generated/2084287794/
  29. Unclosed mental loops http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Zeigarnik_Effect
  30. Overwhelmed http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeflyer09/7574540716/
  31. Afraid? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  32. All over the place http://www.flickr.com/photos/figliodiorfeo/2393269886/
  33. Channeling this power http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Creation_of_Adam_(Michelangelo)_Detail.jpg
  34. What if http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogil/1507585665/
  35. From thinking Photo: Derek Kearney
  36. To creating http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  37. Is not in “doing”?... http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenturamon/83083170/
  38. Something else? http://www.flickr.com/photos/djgarage/3680441291/in/photostream/
  39. Genius is the offspring of the in-between.” - Jonathan Fields
  40. The in-between http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguslepe/5512044294/
  41. GIVE & TAKECreating and the Focus Paradox
  42. Maximize http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblue98/7254347346/
  43. A balanced brain http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=left%20brain%20right%20brain&order=9&offset=48#/d10qlpq
  44. Integrate http://www.flickr.com/photos/47691521@N07/4639590640/
  45. Neurons firing well http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorelei-ranveig/2294885580/
  46. Know your Brainwaves
  47. Alpha: the gateway to Creativity
  48. Being prone http://www.flickr.com/photos/snazzy54/4581347651/
  49. Spacing out http://www.flickr.com/photos/frinthy/4680321558/
  50. Daydream http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzylittlemanpeach/4633972431/
  51. Mindless activity http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabi/2499381396/
  52. Showers http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3761878381/
  53. Cross-channel movement http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/
  54. Refocus through breath http://www.flickr.com/photos/guiniveretoo/1573049301/
  55. Laughing http://www.flickr.com/photos/wickenden/3644297054/
  56. Playing/Fun http://www.flickr.com/photos/kkendall/3613416741/
  57. 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
  58. Instead of this http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielsilliman/4489863368/
  59. When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist
  60. Intend Alpha http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  61. GIVE & TAKEAid from the Unseen
  62. 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?
  63. Natalie http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/
  64. From the mind of a 4 year old Photo courtesy of Laura Bohill (@LauRARbee)
  65. A little help from our (imaginary) friends
  66. Travel our internal lands http://archivingthecity.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/maps_of_the_imagination.jpg
  67. Your subconscious http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Themuse.jpg
  68. One form of a genius… http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Albert_Einstein%2C_by_Doris_Ulmann.jpg
  69. Another form of a genius
  70. Daemon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babel_fish_(The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy)#Babel_fish
  71. Muses http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:NAMA_3_Muses.jpg
  72. Mneme – Memory Melete – Practice or occasion Aoide – Voice The Three Original Muses
  73. 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.
  74. Mneme (Memory) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  75. Melete (Practice/Occasion) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayray/4069381837/
  76. Aoide (Voice) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  77. The spirit of the idea http://www.flickr.com/photos/generated/3152875826/
  78. Ideas want to take form
  79. The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  80. Ideas use us (not vise-versa)
  81. Listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684688/
  82. Converse http://www.flickr.com/photos/tojosan/181249465/
  83. Trust is everything.” - Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants
  84. Voila! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/
  85. GIVE & TAKEHow will you move forward?
  86. The choice is yours http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasoneppink/80772661/
  87. How you use your creative brain power “Untitled” by Americo Morales
  88. Creative flow lies in-between http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgeithner/5290115839/
  89. True. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stealingsand/5563317146/
  90. Reclaim our power http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
  91. The future is now http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
  92. 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
  93. Leverage white space http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdoublew/2663137942/
  94. The End…? http://www.flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/232100469/
  95. delicious.com/denisejacobs/white space creativity 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 Resources!
  96. netmagazine.com/features/ four-secrets-enhancing- creative-productivity alistapart.com/articles/ reigniting-your-creative-spark/ alistapart.com/articles/ banishing-your-inner-critic/ My articles for further reading
  97. And the most recent: webstandardssherpa.com/reviews/breaking-the-perfectionism-procrastination-infinite-loop/ Breaking the Perfectionism- Procrastination Infinite Loop
  98. Art & Inspiration: Americo Morales “Untitled 1” Mind map AmericoMorales.net
  99. How to find me Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/ DeniseJacobs.com denise@denisejacobs.com Twitter.com/denisejacobs Facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom Slideshare.net/denisejacobs
  100. THE CREATIVE DOSE A Creativity + Innovation Collective “Untitled” by Americo Morales Denise Jacobs, Founder + Creativity Evangelist Creative Thinking & Problem-solving Design Thinking Cultivating & Applying an Innovation Mindset Creative Collaboration Team Communication & Cohesion TheCreativeDose.com – Coming September 2014 (yay!)
  101. THANK YOU!