08. Inspiration: Creative Blocks

I have been suffering from an intense bout of creative blockage this week. It’s happened before, it comes and goes, I understand it comes with the territory, no one can be on all the time. Nonetheless, it is a frustrating time, no matter how many times it happens. It’s really difficult to be creative in terms of school AND work when you’re just not feeling it. And sometimes I’m afraid THAT makes the block even worse. So I did a bit of research and compiled a list of the best suggestions to help me (and anyone reading) work through this phase. Hopefully this is something I can look back on when it happens again.

  • Be unselfconscious.
  • Try and work (as much as can be possible) at the time right. Do the creative juices flow more at 1 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon?
  • Be inspired by the world around you. Don’t limit inspiration to design, study nature and people, animals and anything outside of the art world.
  • Ask questions.
  • Be rested, fed, and sit properly. (I seriously need to stop sitting indian style.)
  • Get back to the basics and away from the computer. Pull out some paints or charcoal. Sculpt something.
  • Play word games to help generate ideas.
  • Take a look back into the history of design.
  • See what others are doing.
  • Read a book.
  • Change your surroundings.
  • Work in a comfortable environment.
  • Work on exciting and inspiring things.
  • Take a break.
  • Just get something started.
  • Don’t be afraid to play and experiment.
  • Stick to a schedule.
  • Be accepting that there will be bad days and bad designs.
  • Remember why you wanted to be a graphic designer.


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