We all feel it sometimes – that sense of dread when we realize that we have creative block, and the ideas just aren’t flowing. What can you do when this happens to you? Here are my top 5 ways to boost creativity.
Tip 1: Travel
It doesn’t have to be far, and it doesn’t have to be for long, but nothing boosts me out of creative block like travel. Sometimes, it is a vacation. Sometimes, it is just a walk. But getting away from the screen and looking around can sometimes spur the unlikeliest of inspiration. Plus, the sun and outdoors will inevitably give you a mood boost as well.
Tip 2: Look
Look for inspiration – be it google or in art books or in the morning newspaper. Seeing what other people have created will likely inspire some new ideas of your own.
Tip 3: Play
Don’t be afraid to get all of your ideas down without judging. Does something about the curve of the typography inspire you? Try it out and see what happens. Eventually, playing with different aspects of your project will lead you to a cohesive final idea.
Tip 4: Decorate
Make sure that where you work is a creative space. My desk is surrounded by type specimens, gifts from friends who travel, famous design sayings and projects in progress. It makes me happy, and that translates into my work.
Tip 5: Relax
Listen to some music. Do some yoga. Get yourself in a relaxed mindset and the ideas will be more likely to flow.
Above all, remember – you can do this! Every creative person struggles with the blank page. What do you do to help yourself beat creative block?