In the illustration and painting world we call hueristic biases blind spots. Often times when creating a complex image it is a good idea to flip your image over or turn it over onto its side to see it from a different perspective. However, the question is why is this even necessary?
Our mind can be fooled. I often describe to my students that what we do when we create images can appear as magic. The reason the coin in the ear trick works is because of misdirection. The magician is exploiting the fact that our minds have certain cognitive biases that can be fooled. Our intelligent minds overcompensate for survival purposes. We develop biases based upon experiences, culture and context. In survival mode, these biases can be life saving or help us find a quicker unfortunate end.
Understanding we have these blindspots can help us over come them, and enrich our experience of admiring skilled practicioners whose work is so finely tuned it appears as magic. Sometimes it takes an outside influence to make us see things that we didn’t catch on to, or to know even existed. An outsided source can help freshen the stagnate pond our minds can become. That is why working in groups can help us finely tune our senses, makes us aware of the blindspots to processes so that we too can make magic in our designs.