June 30, 2015
When the inspiration seems to be sucked out of your brain, get back to the basics.
Take time to write your vision and the goals ahead. If your work requires daily updates, it’s good to create a schedule for the month of what needs to be posted or shared. If making a schedule for the month seems overwhelming, start by creating a schedule for the week ahead.
Also, define your project by writing down colors that you’re thinking of using and design styles that will compliment the project. Be sure to write down the audience you’re trying to target and the overall purpose of the project.
If you’re really stuck, just draw. Draw anything. Pick up a paint brush and some paint and just draw. Or use some charcoal to sketch out ideas. Seeing your ideas in different mediums, textures and paper, will help you navigate through the lack of inspiration. Going old school, getting a bit messy, will help you see things you might not see if you’re behind a computer screen.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. As much as I love for my designs and images to look close to perfection, I know that there must be a certain level of quirk in order for it to look authentic.
While jotting down ideas, scribble, write your ideas up and down the paper, write in cursive, or try scribbling your current mood with an illustrated emoji. The less perfect, the better. The idea is to scribble and write ideas in a way you haven’t tried before. You might find something unique and beautiful while letting your imagination flow. And in turn, those illustrations or scribbled ideas can be used for your project and designs.
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