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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Sue Keller Mathers

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Dr. Sue Keller Mathers


John Berger states in his classic book, Ways of Seeing (1972), “We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice…We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves.” (p. 8-9) This project looks at the field of visual thinking and the relations to creativity. Extensive practice of the visual and graphic synthesis of information is a key component of this exploration. When appropriate, graphic visuals are used throughout this paper to further emphasize and illustrate the impact of visuals in comprehension and communication. Various references are explored in relation to visual thinking and creativity, drawing from practicing professionals to scholarly theory. By looking deeply into this field, a clearer image of my current strengths, applicable past experiences, and future plan of action is expected to emerge.