Lack of inspiration for designs? Here are some tips to get you out of that rut

Hi guys, as some of you already know I’m a graphic artist who dabbles in photography, illustration and some film.  I don’t know about you guys but now and then I tend to lose my inspiration when it comes to creating projects, and find myself frustrated and in a rut.  This post will centre on some handy tips I have discovered to rid you of your designer’s block and get the creative juices flowing once more.

Tip 1. Collect your favorite designs.  See something you like, an ad that was funny or cool?  Take a pic, grab the ad, do what ever you can and store it in your good ‘ol inspiration book.  (Extra tip: For those that did not see my last post about inspiration diaries you can check it out here)

Tip 2.  Design Magazines.  If you’re in Australia there is an assortment of magazines you can purchase that have handy tips on how to succeed and excel as a graphic designer.  Some examples such as Computer Arts, Indesign mag, Desktop, Photoshop, and even monthly/tri monthly/bi monthly issues such as Curvy (more for illustration), semi permanent, and more.

Tip 3. Always practice.  Try new things, learn aspects of your software you didn’t know existed.  Indesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop are brimming with extra goodies so you might as well make the most of your software.  To make it easier to learn so your not just aimlessly pushing buttons and functions check out tutorials on the web.  They are helpful and handy and quite fun to master once you get into it.

Tip 4. Take a break.  Often when staring at the design you’ve been slaving over for a few hours it’s best to step away from it for a while and either have a coffee and chill for about 15 minutes, or go for a walk.  Occupy your mind with something else and you’ll soon find once you’ve distracted yourself a little you’ll begin to float back to your design with much more enthusiasm and new outlook.

There are plenty more  tips however these 4 should be key to getting you out of your rut.  I know this has helped me several times and I hope it does the same for you.

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