Every once in a while, I struggle to find inspiration while working on certain projects — my creative juices just aren’t flowing.
Sound familiar? This is a common problem called designer’s block. Designers, writers, artists, and photographers all rely on creative thinking to perform their jobs and are all faced with this problem. Luckily designers block is only temporary.
Here are a few ways I overcome designer’s block:
Look for inspiration. I take a break and look at what other designers are doing and create an idea board of my findings. Pinterest and Behance are great tools I use to find inspiration. Save any pamphlets, booklets, quotes, or thoughts you come across that inspire you. The next time you’re stumped, go to these for inspiration.
Recharge. Stress tends to play the biggest role in designer’s block. When I’m feeling stressed I take a step back from what I’m working on and take a 5-10 minute walk. I distance myself from the problem and come back to it with a clear head.
Sketch, sketch, sketch. Move away from the computer and pull out your pen and paper. Sketching can be very helpful for thinking and solving problems. It allows you think differently and explore many different ideas. Collecting several ideas gives you the opportunity to weed out the bad ones.
Music. Music is a huge motivator for me. The right music can motivate, inspire, and get the blood pumping when we are feeling down. Put on something with a good beat that can drown out all distractions around you. Filtering out all distractions will allow you to focus on what you are doing.
Designer’s block happens to the best of us and sometimes you need to take a step back from what you are working on to let the inspiration come naturally.