The Original Meaning of Social Distancing and Why Every Creative Should Know It

Distant thoughts can bring out great ideas

Fig. 1: Molo Benchwall. Product designed by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen. Vancouver, Canada. 2003. Photography by Molo.
Fig. 2: A comparison of analytic and creative thinking. Illustration by the author.

Our Binary Brain

Fig. 3: LEFT: Tractor in wheat field. Via pexels.com. RIGHT: Wheat field and tractor near Yankton, South Dakota. 2006. Photography by John Griebsch.

Spatial Distancing

Fig. 4: Houston skyline. Photography by Mabry Campbell. Via flickr.
Fig. 5: TOP: Living area and deck. Berkeley, California. Architecture by YAMAMAR Design. Photography by Bruce Damonte. MIDDLE: Living area. Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel. Architecture by Pitsou Kedem Architects. Photography by Amit Geron. BOTTOM: Library. Abbotsford House, home of Sir Walter Scott. William Atkinson, Architect. Melrose, United Kingdom. Photography by Michael D. Beckwith.

Temporal Distancing

Fig. 6: Vintage travel poster illustrating the Bay of Castella in Athens. Published by the Greek National Tourism Office in 1955. Artist unknown.

Social Distancing

Fig. 7: Portrait of the artist as a clothes horse: author Tom Wolfe at home. Via The Wall Street Journal.
Fig. 8: LEFT: Berkeley, California. Architecture by YAMAMAR Design. Photography by Bruce Damonte. CENTER: Austin, Texas. Architecture and interior design by Tim Cuppett Architects. Photography by Alec Hemer. RIGHT: Frank Lloyd Wright and disciples at Taliesin West. Scottsdale, Arizona. 1951. Architecture and interior design by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photography by Ezra Stoller.

Bringing It All Together: Construal Level Theory

Author of MY CREATIVE SPACE: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, 48 Science-based Techniques. Get it on Amazon amzn.to/2WfABoB

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