4 Ways for Graphic Designers to Stimulate Their CreativityNov 15, 2018 | 0 Votes by Aethyna - rate If you're looking to oil your creativity cogs, we've got 4 methods that'll work brilliantly for you!
Creativity in and of itself is sort of like a form of energy, and as a graphic designer, this is something that you’ll often need to tap into. However, sometimes, the creativity well can run dry no matter how hard you try to pump it out. When this happens, it can hit graphic designers the hardest mainly because the field they work in is where things change quickly both in a creative and technical manner. In case that if you want to be a great graphic designer, you will need to know how to stimulate your creativity whenever you need a boost.
In case you are coming up short on creativity, here are a few hints to help you generate creative thoughts.
1. Brainstorm for Ideas Early in the Morning
Studies have shown that most people are at their creative peak usually right after they wake up in the morning. This is where most people will have uninhibited thoughts, probably “leftovers” from dreams, that are conducive for creativity. As a graphic designer, you can make use of this by putting your ideas on paper or, if you prefer more modern methods, on a handy tablet/phone (A smartphone with a stylus can be very useful here) even before you climb out of bed.
2. Brainstorming the Right Way
You may argue that there’s no “right way” for brainstorming and you may be right, but there’s a special technique called “thought-dumping” or “brain dump” which has proven time and again that it works well when used along with the normal brainstorming process. Basically, what you do is to take 10 minutes to write down all the ideas or thoughts you have regardless of how ludicrous they may be, discuss it with friends or colleagues, and round up the best ideas. The technique usually requires a group of participants (i.e. the discussion stage) but you can customize it for individual use. Instead of a group discussion, you can use some critical thinking to filter through your ideas and discover what sticks. After all, at the end of the day, creativity needs to be tempered with critical thinking.
3. Be Observant
Regardless of where you will be, you need to keep your eyes open for opportunities that may give rise to brilliant and creative ideas. For instance, if there is something you saw that moved you, be sure to quickly snap a photo, record a video, or simply jot down some notes so you can refer to them later when you’re ready to do some work. Even if you’re not feeling up for a walk, you can still look out the window for some creative inspiration.
4. Shaking Things Up
Monotony is the death of creativity, and it is very important for you to NOT fall into that pit hole of darkness and despair by shaking things up a bit from time to time. Try something new; pick up a new hobby; make new friends… you’ll be surprised how many things you can discover when you really put yourself out there. Even if you’re not a very social person, there are plenty of things that you can try. Plus, you can maybe cross out a thing or two out of your bucket list as well – that’s one of the best “two birds with one stone” scenarios you can get!
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s really sad that creative people, such as graphics designers, aren’t given the time they need to come up with creations that they can be truly proud of. All they can think of (or are constantly reminded of by their managers) is the next deadline. There’s probably no such thing as “creativity on demand”, but with these methods, hopefully, you’ll be able to stock up on ideas and inspirations as you go through your day, and when you need them, they will be there, all ready for you to turn them into something beautiful.