Many times as a web designer/artist, we get designers block. I’m sure you can agree that when you get it, it sucks. A lot of my effort is spent to avoid designer’s block and create an environment where I feel that I can design to my utmost potential. I have found a few things which I consider to be helpful when designing.
Watch artistic movies (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Etc.)
Sometimes you need creative fuel from an external source. Turn on a movie that is heavily influenced by some sort of admirable style. Look at the way the the Shuttle Tyderiums lines flow so gracefully, look at the color schemes on the characters, ships, whatever. I think going to a different media other than what you are working on is a better idea that going to the same. A lot of times I will pull up 5 websites I want mine to be like and be influenced by design elements from them all. I really feel that to be truly unique on a project, you need to pull yourself away from all of the design cliche’s and stereotypes and put yourself into something new.
Get plenty of sleep.
A frazzled designer is a bad designer. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. None of this running on 1 hour of sleep the night before. I have found at those points I think I’m really “in the zone”, but in fact I’m not quite working up to par. I will think I have some sweet design at 4am, then I wake up at 9am and look at it and it looks ghetto. Get plenty of sleep, your body needs it, but don’t oversleep! The idea is to get yourself into your optimum condition, conducive to design.
I’m not talking about guzzling 3 pots before 8am. I heard somewhere something like “Coffee fuels the creative soul” and I believe it. At my times where I really don’t have an inkling of an idea of what to design, I put myself in a non-distractive environment and curl up with a steaming cup of Joe and most times, you’re right, it does the trick.
Seriously. All this TV going on in the background and things going on everywhere never helped. Get in your comfort zone. Spend time to create a peaceful working environment. Possibly one distraction: music, is best. Turn on your favorite tunes, the ones that really get you into the zone. But keep it at that!
Take a Break
You may have deadlines and stress, but you need a break. Creativity isn’t something that can be forced. You have to force yourselft to take a break. Get out in the fresh air, get outside. Even a 15 minute break will do great things for you. When you do, it will free your mind and get creative ideas flowing again. I swear that people get into design “infinite loops”. You get stuck on an idea and even if that idea is crap, you keep messing with that idea over and over, even if it is heading nowhere.
Any advice from you?