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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #200

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You might have built something, or written something or designed something, anything creative to demonstrate that we can imagine and create things.

Some people believe aphantasmics can't be creative without a visual imagination, lets start busting these myths.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #235

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I am a creative person. Actually when I first told 2 of my childhood friends I couldn't visualize they both said I was always very creative. They said I always made up the best games or fun things to do. I was also very artistic. I'm still artistic but have drifted away from it.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #256

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Laura wrote:
I am a creative person. Actually when I first told 2 of my childhood friends I couldn't visualize they both said I was always very creative. They said I always made up the best games or fun things to do.

That is exactly what my two childhood friends said when I told them! haha!
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #298

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I consider myself more creative that the average. I paint (not very well !! IMO) I design model aircraft, I'm a woodturner and design work ete etc. I don't see a lack of visualisation as a problem.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #301

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Chris wrote:
I consider myself more creative that the average. I paint (not very well !! IMO) I design model aircraft, I'm a woodturner and design work ete etc. I don't see a lack of visualisation as a problem.

That's cool
You get an end result without the inner image.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #320

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In fact, If I were to use an inner image I would be copying some else's design, not creating my own unique design.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #357

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I guess! :)
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #656

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Like others, I consider myself, and am told I am very creative. And I'm thinking I'll now become more so as this realisation of our difference and with encouragement from TeamAphantasia (!), it will be easier to explore confidently my strengths and not worry not being able to auralise and visualise.
I play in a band and recently wrote a song (actually I'm kinda talking it and need to sing it in a higher key, but anyway...). Here: https://www.facebook.com/BootlegBrightonBand/videos/424157091115597/
Realising now i should (and do like this anyway) focus on rhythm rather than melody - I cant hold melody in my head and it's sort of a surprise when i play a chord as i dont know what it will sound like even though i've played for many years!!

Artwise, I like doing graphic design with text. I also created/programmed a tool for teachers here: http://www.schoolreportwriter.com/
(design not the best but it's more about how the report writer works.

Feeling good about all this now and also will be happy to just collaborate with people who are good at art, good at melody, improvising with melody etc. I'll use my my strengths and let them use theirs.
WOULD ALSO BE GOOD AND INTERESTING to collaborate with other aphantastics!
All good!
Cheers, Linden
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #727

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Artwise, I like doing graphic design with text. I also created/programmed a tool for teachers here: http://www.schoolreportwriter.com/
(design not the best but it's more about how the report writer works.

Looks like a pretty nice tool. Is there an option for a gender neutral 'their' for those that identify as asexual?
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #745

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Thanks Linden for sharing.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #777

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Thank you Technicianologist, i'm afraid not, no one's asked before. Though the 'list' feature means you can create dropdowns with any option e,g, his/hers/theirs,whatever... it's mostly used by secondary school teachers though some businesses too for standard email replies and similar.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #815

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I am creative but not artistic. i love to paint and draw but am terrible at it. I make scale models and love to paint them but have to look for reference for colours. decided i want to make my own Christmas cards this year got all the stuff together no idea how it should look going to try to do it with out reference.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #816

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I once tried a book called, 'Drawing with the right side of the brain'.
Forget about the pseudo science left brain/right brain stuff but it has some great techniques.
The upshot is you really look at what you are drawing rather than what you think things look like.
Really recommend it, might be in your local library.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #1525

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Hi, I am considered incredibly creative. My brain just brain storms creatively all the time. I just come up with amazing creative ideas and I put it down to creative thinking. It definitely needs to be about a topic I am interested in - I am not a keen gardener so I don't get creative about my garden. I dress really trendy and just seem know what looks great, or what goes with what.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 2 months ago #1526

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I am right handed and are right brained ie I am very much like a left handed person.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 1 month ago #1665

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At school (back in the 1950s and 60s) I did best at art and drama, and since leaving school I've worked in the visual arts for most of my life. I started out as a painter - not a very good one, I admit, but I eked out an existence selling a few canvases and painting signs and murals for a few years. Eventually I got a steady job in a commercial art studio designing corporate identities and doing brochure layouts for industrial firms. Then in the early 80s I discovered my true calling - computer animation. In those days it was very primitive, and there were only about a dozen of us working professionally in the field in the UK - mostly we did titles for TV shows and pack shots for commercials. The industry grew, and after a decade I was doing animation and visual effects for TV shows and feature films.

I had no idea that I was different from anyone else, and I have never felt disadvantaged in any way - in fact before I retired in 2008 I'd accumulated a BAFTA award, six Emmys and an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree - so I think I can say authoritatively that aphantasia does not affect creativity adversely - and don't believe anybody who tells you otherwise!
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 1 month ago #1745

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As a published author I have not found the lack of a Mind's Eye a drawback although my wife always complained that my books weren't descriptive enough for her. Other readers have commented that the dialogue is extremely authentic and some have said that in some ways the books read more like plays than novels.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 1 month ago #1843

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Hi! My name is marcus and I have total visual aphantasia but i am also able to create. My minds eye was always dim as a child but at the age of 27 i was attacked and suffered a head injury and damage to my good eye and since then i cant visualize anything at all. I play a game called space engineers on steam on the pc. The game allows you to create vast detailed and functional starship and space station designs which i then upload for others to use in game and i am now well known on the steam: space engineers workshop as a prolific builder and designer despite the fact that i have never visualized a design in my head first. I can think of features that i want in my builds and i can sketch them first but i mostly design on the fly as i build and i go with what looks right to me at the time.
This is one of my builds...
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 1 month ago #1851

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Nice work McBorge, I used to spend a lot of time making art and structures in Spore, got a few awards for that work, in EQ2 I made my income as essentially an interior decorator, I had tons of stuff, looked at a space, and just built stuff that matched and went with it, no need to visualize it first, the rooms were the palette upon which I built the creation. Once again goes back to folks having trouble conceiving of a creative process different than the one they are used too.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 1 month ago #1852

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Thanks for replying... I'm glad you like it. I used to upload creatures to the spore servers i loved that game. My sea horse and alien xenomorph were quit popular. mine craft was a big one for me too, i built whole towns with that game and some star trek trek style ships some of those were 11 decks tall. I would love to design for a living but i'm a carer for my 21 y/o autistic daughter and my sight is slowly getting worse, i have other health problems as well which cause me pain too so these games are a great distraction from that.

This is what i'm working on now. I have yet to furnish the crew decks... mess hall, medical crew quarters, etc.

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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 4 weeks ago #1861

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McCracken wrote:
As a published author I have not found the lack of a Mind's Eye a drawback although my wife always complained that my books weren't descriptive enough for her. Other readers have commented that the dialogue is extremely authentic and some have said that in some ways the books read more like plays than novels.

Hey, can you give me a title or something? I would love to read it. I have some aspirations to be a writer, got half an outline already for a big fantasy piece. I am just scared I'll fail since I / we experience (and therefore write?) books differently.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 2 years 3 weeks ago #1868

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I am at the worst side of the Aph scale but I am creative.

I built a table tennis ball recycler that moves balls that drop in a bucket back to the ball shooter. Actually made two versions. First one used air to force balls up a three foot tube then the second version I replaced the forced air unit with a modified servo that made a spinning motion into a reciprocating piston that would pump the balls. I also had to add several one way doors out of paper clips, toothpicks, hot glue and foam. Both worked very well.

I have designed electronic components for my car. Like auto defroster on when cold outside. It works well with my remote start.

I have made up games and hula hoop shows with my then five year old niece. We would put on a backyard show for her parents.

I am a pretty funny guy and am very witty, which take creativity.

I have laid out plans for herb gardens and flower gardens. This included designing the layout of the drip system and drainage along with location of plants so none of them get lack of sun due to other plants crowding them out.

So many other things here and there.
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Creative doesn't mean just art 1 year 2 months ago #4360

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I am a hairdresser....I use my skills to create without having a fixed picture in my mind of what the finished product will be....I just stay in the moment and create as I go.....I have been a stylist for 20 years and have a full, satisfied clientel....I create gardens and landscaping....mostly I look for visual ideas, then create with what I have on hand to create what that space ( feels) like to me....hard to explain.....when I think about it now....I guess a lot of my ideas have come from visuals I've seen somewhere else...magazines, photos etc..... I have no mind pictures at all....and felt, feel ripped off.....I wonder sometimes why anyone would go on a holiday or create anything if they can already experience it in their minds.....I create so that I can experience seeing and being in that creation.....
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