You, my friend, are STUCK!
Whether I like to admit it or not, I’ve been there. I sit down with pencil and sketch pad in hand (yes, the old school way) and say GO. I have two hours to dream up some brilliant, awe inspiring branding or graphic design idea to use for a client project. With a forced hand I begin putting pencil to paper and give it my all.
Have you ever felt pressured to be creative?
Did you know that when you are forced to be creative your body can go into FIGHT mode and CLOSE up? It closes your way of thinking, you tense up, and your breathe quickens. NO FUN!
I am happy to share that there are many ways to keep yourself OPEN to discover fresh, creative ideas. For some people, taking a walk or bike ride is their brief escape to clearing their head. They come back OPENED to finding a new direction.
For others, it’s creating a go-to-resource for inspiration, like an Inspiration Wall.
When you’re stuck, you can swivel your office chair around and look at the colorful, awe-inspiring wall for inspiration. You can reference this wall to find something new each time you look at it. Wall examples I found online are sprinkled throughout this post.
Earlier this year I was knee deep in ripped out articles and illustrations from magazines, newspapers or printed material, searching for something to bring back my graphic design MOJO. I grabbed infographics from Pinterest and tacked them up, building and layering until I cover some ground (wall space). I found some colored framing matts and placed them in the mix. It really started to take shape!
An Inspiration Wall can be a small area of space in a corner of your office or it can fill the entire wall. You can start by filling a cork board and tacking something interesting up when you come across it. It doesn’t need to be a chore but merely a project you slowly build upon until you have a group of ideas to turn to for inspiration.
How Do You Find Fresh Ideas?
I would like to hear from you.
Marni is Chief Creative Officer at Marni Myers Creative, a brand strategy and graphic design studio in Denver, Colorado. With over 20 years of design experience with print and online, Marni partners with small to mid-sized businesses to help them stand out and get noticed. She also owns Myers Photography, a Fine Art Photography Studio that sells digital and print images and shows work at local galleries. You can reach Marni at (303) 808-0326 and firstname.lastname@example.org.