Have you ever come to the point in designing something, and just don’t have the creativity or idea to go any further? You could be designing a website, or even developing a new script. Your brain is blank and you need to fill yourself with creative idea. So what do you do when there is just no where left to go, and nothing left to do? Look no further, because we have great tips and ideas to help you overcome creative roadblocks!
The process is simple; You can choose whether it’s long or short! There are lots of things you can do to regain creativity, because sometimes just browsing galleries isn’t enough. Inside this article, are sure fire tips and resources to get those creative juices flowing again! There are places to go, things to do, and books to read, as well as websites to visit. Are you ready?
1. Consider the Process
There is a process to regaining creativity. It’s not an exact science, nor does it have to be followed exactly; but it really does help. Ready?
- Step away from the computer. Far, far away.
- Take a walk. Around the block. To the store. Get a bite to eat.
- Come back, and go through any magazines or pamphlets you may have.
- Get back to your computer, and open up your current design. Are the creative juices flowing yet? They should be!
2. Lets analyze this
Step away from the computer. Far, far away.
Getting away from the computer is one of the biggest things that will help you overcome this. The computer houses so many distractions! If you are pressed for time with a deadline, it may be best to skip this and get on to step three. If not, it’s best to step away from the digital world for a bit. It should help refresh your mind.
Take a walk. Around the block. To the store. Get a bite to eat.
Interacting with your environment will make your mind wander. Getting away from even thinking about design for a while might just trigger something in your head to bring it all back. Or, you could go a different route. Take a trip to your local home improvement store, and tackle the paint chips area. Look at swatches, and the paint books available. Take some swatches with you! (Got swatches at home already? Go anyways! You might get some ideas along the way!)
You could also take a trip to a book store, and raid the design books. Sometimes just sitting, reading and taking in knowledge will just fill your head with new ideas. Don’t forget to bring paper and pencil to got down all the new ideas you have!
Come back, and go through any magazines or pamphlets you may have.
This step is only if you decide not to visit the bookstore! I have found that sifting through old magazines sparks some new ideas in my head. Focus on design elements, look at the colors and how the interact. Watch as the design throught the pages stays constant, yet similar.
Get back to your computer, and open up your current design. Are the creative juices flowing yet? They should be!
By the time you get to this step, you really should have some great ideas! If you haven’t any, then you probably did something wrong. Try re-reading this article. If all else fails, try listening to some new music, surf the web for some inspiration. Try design galleries, or work of your favorite designers.
3. In summation
Places to go
Your Local Bookstore
A Paint Shop or Home Improvement Store
The Coffee Shop
Things to read
The Designers Complete Index
Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design
Any Magazine, Pamphlet or Brochure!
Sites to Visit
Fave Up / Creattica