Tell me, how many times have you run into a design roadblock while desperately trying to find a solution? Far too many right? Well today I will be talking about how to use inspiration to get out of this slump. It may seem like an obvious solution but it’s a significant one that may get overlooked sometimes.
First, a disclaimer:
Inspiration is not cheating
It is 100% okay to look to other things for inspiration. I see it as a guide or an aid that helps me spark more ideas. That being said, there is a fine line between taking inspiration and copying what others have created. We are designers, so we are expected and have the capability to make things our own.
Inspiration in design
Looking at other designs is probably our go to form of inspiration, it’s easily accessible and it comes in a variety of different forms. As designers it’s important to remember to look at what others in our field are doing. See how others implement colour, or typography, look at the way they manipulate shapes and apply textures to their designs. Then, see how you can mix or change those elements to make it your own. I know from experience that something will definitely speak to you and hopefully get those creative juices flowing.
Finding inspiration in nature
Remember that not all our designing has to happen in front of a screen, try stepping away from your design, specially when it starts becoming more of a dread and your brain begins shutting down on you. A walk outside may be all you need to get everything going again. Look around at the trees and leaves, yeah maybe it sounds lame but there are many ways this could help you. Nature has many aesthetically pleasing components, there is balance to it as well as asymmetrical elements, it also has many different textures and not to mention colours. Therefore, see what the first thing that catches your eye is and analyze how you can implement them into your designs.
Overall, try to always take a look at your surroundings and see what colours, shapes, or textures you can see. Record these things in a sketchbook or simply take pictures. That way you’ll always have them to look back at whenever you’re feeling uninspired again. I hope this helps and good luck in your designing journey!