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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  • 1. White Space Frontend CH Conference Zrich, Switzerland 28 August 2014 Denise R. Jacobs
  • 2. @denisejacobs @frontendconfch #fec14 #whitespacecreate
  • 3. Waitwhat?! 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. Cant access all of your great ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  • 16. GIVE & TAKECreativity and Power
  • 17. Were 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, its really doing a tremendous amount. Marcus Raichle, Neurologist