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 Denise R. Jacobs Skissernas Museum University of Lund Lund, Sweden 6 November 2013
  • @denisejacobs #skissernasmuseum #whitespacreate
  • My own blocks caused me to binge-create
  • But I was still afraid: am I truly creative? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • After writing this
  • I had an epiphany http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055814772/
  • In terms of http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  • We ALL hold the power http://www.flickr.com/photos/assbach/267598910/
  • Its highly valued http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
  • Ive decided its my life work Photo: Derek Kearney
  • THE CANVAS The State of the Create
  • Whats our most important tool for creating? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogil/1507585665/
  • Precisely. 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/
  • However, what happens is this http://www.flickr.com/photos/7693102@N07/2536807562/
  • And you run http://royhoes.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Inspiration-85588391
  • Cant access all of your great ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  • 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
  • Creativity is newness produced. - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds
  • 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
  • NEGATIVE SPACE Perception & Lies
  • It starts early http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/
  • Age 6
  • Dad Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Mother & Sister Photo: Deloria Jacobs Photos: Deloria Jacobs
  • Me? A graphic artist Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Age 10
  • Oldest friend in the world Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Age 12
  • Camp Whip-poor-will Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • My genetic heritage Mom: 511 Dad: 63 Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Taller than everyone, all the time
  • Age 24
  • Happy graduation! Now what? Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • First airplane ride! Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  • Internalized the critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  • These lies that we tell ourselves http://www.flickr.com/photos/emayoh/4589881812/
  • Leave parts of us paralyzed and imprisoned http://www.flickr.com/photos/b3ni/2990601183/
  • Adds up
  • GIVE & TAKE Creativity and Power
  • Power
  • Afraid? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • Were powerful http://www.flickr.com/photos/89927155@N00/2144275209/
  • Overwhelmed http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeflyer09/7574540716/
  • 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/
  • We give our power away https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6D-O5ECr5EUow5jrck2A2A
  • NOISE & CLUTTER 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/
  • Unclosed mental loops http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Zeigarnik_Effect
  • 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
  • Unleash it? http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanekemp/6152286326/
  • Multiple places at once http://www.flickr.com/photos/figliodiorfeo/2393269886/
  • Bored = http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  • Seeking distraction/entertainment http://www.flickr.com/photos/modenaroid/4103509077/
  • Something else http://www.flickr.com/photos/djgarage/3680441291/in/photostream/
  • The in-between http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguslepe/5512044294/
  • Allows creativity to blossom http://www.flickr.com/photos/beigephotos/16139685/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/beigephotos/16139686/
  • Genius is the offspring of the in-between. - Jonathan Fields
  • CLARITY Changing 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