Maintaining your creative drive is hard work. So what happens when you run out of inspirational fuel? Whether you’ve hit a creative roadblock or simply want to drag your brain out of a rut, give us a week and we’ll get your creative gears turning.
Create a smile file. Collect things that make you laugh or think harder. Clip magazine articles, cartoons or cool announcements and keep them together for instant inspiration.
Play “What If.” The goal of this game is to think of the most outlandish situations possible. What if paper were outlawed? The more outlandish the scenario, the better.
Buy three magazines you normally wouldn’t give a second glance. Consider the following questions: How does each magazine visually tackle its subject matter? How do they aesthetically connect with their audiences? What does each do differently?
“Designers should do whatever they need to do to clear themselves-whatever they can do to be able to listen-to hear their own intuition. The creative process always works; in our lives, it gets over-ridden by other stuff.”
-Petrula Vrontikis, Vrontikis Design Office, LA
Get out. Drive, walk, run, bike. Do anything that takes you somewhere new and then explore your surroundings.
Take a long shower or bath. You’ll be surprised at what comes to mind when you’re too soapy to write it down.
“Stay up late. Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from the rest of the world.”
-Bruce Mau, Bruce Mau Design, Toronto