Charge up your creativity!
To be an artist or designer you must be a creative person! As a human being, you were born to be creative. Sometimes our creative streak gets buried by school, jobs, or life itself. So, what can you do to get those creative thoughts and attitudes going again?
When I'm trying to be creative, and drawing a blank in my mind (or staring at a blank document on the screen), I find the following ideas usually get me going again...
1. Doodle or do a mind map. Sometimes my fingers come up with ideas when my brain can't. I'll often start with something (anything), and then just mess with it for awhile. Often, I start an image without any idea how it's going to end up. As I work on it, ideas to try will come into my head. I often save multiple copies throughout this process, so I can return to an earlier idea if I run into a dead end along the way.
2. Look for inspiration. See what other people have done - books, magazines, internet, etc. Pinterest.com is one of my favorite visual inspiration spots. Use an idea you come across as a springboard into something new, and better. Here's a website that links to many design inspiration sites: http://justcreative.com/2007/12/12/101-places-to-get-design-inspiration/
IMPORTANT!!! When you look for inspiration, and you find something - don't copy it and call it yours. That's plagiarism. From our syllabus, (and USU policy) - "Plagiarism: "Plagiarism includes knowingly "representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one's own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged used of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials." The penalties for plagiarism are severe. They include warning or reprimand, grade adjustment, probation, suspension, expulsion, withholding of transcripts, denial or revocation of degrees, and referral to psychological counseling." Ouch! Rather, use the idea as a base to add to - to redesign it - make it your own. When somebody looks at it, they shouldn't think, "Oh - you just copied that design." Use the idea to create something totally new - totally yours!
Personally, I enjoy sites like Pinterest, or Behance, Envato, or Etsy, that share the creativity of others. I keep many art, graphic design, and illustration boards on my Pinterest account: https://www.pinterest.com/nmsmith497/ - including one on creativity.
3. I was reading a recent research paper on creativity, and they found that - in general - people got their best creative ideas when they were bored. They were doing things like mowing the lawn, or other menial tasks that didn't require much thinking to do - and their mind could wander over ideas. The idea of relaxing, taking a walk, taking a break, etc., often works well.
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Page last updated November 28, 2016