In design of any kind there is nothing harder than finding inspiration and ideas from out of thin air. One of the most frustrating things for creatives of any type (other than client feed back) is finding your spark.
When projects start to pile up that is the most difficult time to come up with a great idea. Although I may get paid for my time at work while on the clock. It’s hard to think creatively with ringing phones, last minute questions and e-mail offering constant distractions. I find my best ideas and most creative thoughts do not happen while siting at a desk. Here is my list of places to get inspired and find your spark.
Lunch with Friends:
No matter what the topic is, it is always great to listen to other people speak about the things that interest them. Reality TV, sports, fashion, fitness you name the topic and somehow the conversation always seems to be what my friends like and don’t like. ( I may just have extremely opinionated friends?) But listening to the way others describe their likes and dislikes for me is always inspirational. People will tell you a lot if you just listen.
Nature has created for us one of the most glorious and easily accessible inspirations, if we would stop our lives for 5 minutes to appreciate it. A long walk, even just sitting on a park bench allows you to slow down and think. Some of my best ideas have jumped though my head on a run. The colors sites and sounds are just a wonderful escape and I have always found allow my brain to think creatively. I encourage you to go sit outside for just 3 minutes (without a smartphone distraction) and see how it effects your mood and thought process.
For the times when you can’t get out of the office but need to see something that will make you think there is nothing greater than the power of Stumble-upon. If you don’t already have an account, you should sign up today! Pick your interests and Stumble to them. Here are some of my most favorite finds:
Pintrest: Ok I am a woman but there is something about this site that I always find is a jump start for creative work, especially with lines and colors.
And for me color is one of the hardest parts of any design so I love this tool I found one day while stumbling:
These are the places I look to regularly for inspiration and to be sure I don’t loose my creative spark. Of course if it’s already lost, these are the places I go looking for it. I hope this will help you stay inspired in design land!