Saturday, 7 January 2017

WHITE SHEET DESIGN

A blank white sheet.

Sometime during my early days of working in a design office the title of my being ‘A White Sheet Designer’ came into my consciousness.
This term means someone who sits before a blank piece of paper then writes or sketches out an idea/concept that others will develop.

This set me off on a train of studies, concepts and thoughts that even today still echo in my mind.

Where do various ideas come from?

Are they original thoughts or part of the collective unconscious?

Perhaps new ideas are actually an adaptation from older ideas just rehashed or used in a differently ?

Your answers on a white post card please ?

26 comments:

  1. I've never heard the term but I love it. My answer will BE a blank white post card.

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  2. Light bulb moments? Isn't necessity the mother of invention Heron?

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    1. Thank you Dave. I understand what you have said and yet I have to say no, that is not always the case.
      Sometimes there are ideas brought to fruition for which there were no or are no demands for, just dreams if you like that something could be produced that would have many useful possibilities.

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  3. Karen N said :
    Here's an article in a similar vein to the Heron posting : https://qz.com/866352/scientists-say-your-mind-isnt-confined-to-your-brain-or-even-your-body/?utm_source=parIND

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    1. Many thanks for that Karen the link fits in neatly with my blog post.

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  4. Fortune favours the prepared mind. I think that is how most ideas take shape.

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    1. Hello Weave can you please explain a bit more about what you mean ?

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  5. They say that no child is a blank sheet, I think we do have lots of images in our common mindmap, the human race shares lots of images . I think also that the human mind and the human nature is a treasurebox filled with ideas and imaginative inventions, useful or not. The creative mind of us humans, is probably overloaded with ideas, in my mind God is overgenerous.... I would love to see some of the ideas you handled over for developing, Mel!!!
    I'm not sure either what Weaver means. But I am sure that it's part of the charm - we can dream and create without having to be useful or set for purpose.

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    1. H'mm FT I agree that we a collective unconscious that has its origin in the forces creation. That which I personally refer to as PIP.
      Thank you for your comment.

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  6. Hi Mel - I could send my answers on a white postcard ... but by then it'd be black and white. Very interesting and that linked post is fascinating ... I can see the logic in being a white sheet designer - I'd love to have that capability. Where do thoughts and ideas come from ... sometimes they're triggered - sometimes they just happen, but equally are also triggered somewhere along the line ... cheers and Happy New Year to you and yours - Hilary

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    1. Thank you for your considerations Hilary. The mind has often been seen as part of the brain. Today it is being seen as separate from the brain and a function which continues after death - there is a great deal of continuing research to be completed.

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  7. Hi Mel - this is to check whether you're moderating the comments - as I now can't remember whether I sent my comment or not ... cheers H

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  8. Carmen W said:
    Good questions.... Another one: Why is it so hard to stop them coming to your mind?
    Why is being empty, thoughtless, ready for profound meditation so,so hard....I haven't found out yet. I believe there are different sort of ideas, some selfmade, some from what I call God, some planted into you from your enviroment, some picked up for somewhere unconsiously. I believe, there is not one source of ideas, there are many.

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    1. Hello Carmen,
      The simple answer to your question is that your mind gets filled with ideas because you have not yet learnt to take control.
      Thank you for commenting.

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  9. I think they are original thoughts Mel, yes shaped from personal experience and knowledge, but the brain and soul are capable of so much when focused.

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    1. Exactly thank you for the concise comment Suzy.

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  10. Interesting, Mel! Ideas come from many places depending on what we are thinking about. Day dreaming or purposeful... they can arise from a Need or an Inspiration... they flow... empty space is never truly empty.

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    1. Thank you for your input Gwen.
      Actually, I recall mentioning to a physicist a few years ago about how one day vehicles would all be driverless and that we would be able to tap into a keyboard our destination.... and look it is almost here :-)

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    2. So very true but I'd be freaked out driving on our regular busy roads with no actual human driver.

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    3. Ah' I can understand that, however it will happen almost everywhere eventually :-)

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  11. Funny how often a blank sheet of paper is associated with going blank too! I wonder if anything is 100% original, Mel. We are the product of so many ideas we have absorbed from others, but it's how you adapt them to something different that makes you original. When I was working in marketing, I learnt the value of 'white space', but that was something else altogether :)

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    1. Thank you Val and I know what you are saying and can agree with you in part, except there are those other occasions when something is designed and made which is totally original. In knowing so - I ask the question where do ideas originate ?

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  12. I do often wonder where ideas come from. I find in my own practice as an artist that one idea tends to lead to another as I learn lessons from each piece I create. But then sometimes things just appear in my mind 'out of the blue' or things are visualised during meditation or journeying. So I guess that would be tapping into the collective unconscious in many ways. Like many artists, I usually have a list of things queuing up in my mind to be made.....I really must get back in the studio!

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    1. Thanks for your input and agreement Patsy.

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