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How to tackle creative block – Great ways to generate new graphic design ideas

Introduction

It’s no great industry secret that we can all fall victim to the dreaded creative block – that awful feeling of wander, uncertainty, and complete imaginative blindness when it comes to generating new ideas. 

It feels as though a blockade has been abruptly placed right into the center of our mind’s eye, forcing us to turn away, and run in the opposite direction, inevitably enabling us to go-back on ourselves and prompting us to hone in on our crappy initial thoughts, and tearing our hair out all the while.

 

Having that uncertainty of what to do next can be an immense pressure, especially if you have a deadline to hit. 

Don’t get me wrong, working in the creative industry definitely has its perks! It’s such a wonderful community, and the possibilities are endless. Everyday is different, and we’re so lucky to be able to express ourselves, while getting paid to do so. 

However, in times of creative desperation where we’ve hit a wall, it’s crucial to establish some class-A problem solving skills in order to regain our precious imagination.

 

So, I’m going to share with you all my fabulous tips & tricks to regain your creativity, and how to get the wheel of imagination turning once more.

Table of Contents

    New Sources of Inspiration

    Oftentimes we find that inspiration comes to us right when we need it the most. Whether you’re walking down a sketchy side street, inspiring you to recreate the eerie ambience for that crime-thriller book cover project you’re working on; or struggling to get your toothpaste out of the tube, prompting you to design more innovative packaging for that toothpaste client of yours. Which is all well and good, however this isn’t always the case, and sometimes we find ourselves getting frustrated with the lack of inspirational flow. 

    To seek new inspiration, we must first seek the places where we find it the most. 

    For example: I regularly generate new creative ideas just from watching tv! Which sounds fun right? Well… not when you’ve got a deadline gnawing away at the back of your brain.

    Take a moment to list all of your frequent sources of inspiration, and if you find yourself needing inspiration for this, wink wink 😉 – oh dear!, then feel free take a look at my Top Ten.

    My Top Ten Sources of Inspiration

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    If you’re still struggling to come up with inspiration after reading my Top Ten, then here’s a few more things you can do to loosen up and regain your creative ideas.

    Establish your Environment

    Take a look at your current environment, and analyze its contents. 

    Ensure that you are comfortable, relaxed and not overwhelmed. Your environment is crucial when it comes to your work productivity, so make sure there is absolutely nothing to distract you from your work.

    If you feel like your environment is a little too chaotic then take a moment to clean/organise your surroundings. This will definitely provide you with a clearer head for generating ideas!

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    Take a step back

    You might be putting a little too much pressure on yourself, which can often affect your train of thought.

    Some of the best ways to clear your head are by taking a relaxing bath, taking an hour out to watch one of your favourite shows or even going for a nice stroll in the park.

    Challenge yourself

    Learn a new design skill. Whether it’s a new trick on PhotoShop, or a neat technique in illustrator. Challenging yourself to learn a new skill will prompt you to think of fabulous ways to showcase it!

    Design Something Else

    Finally, seeing as this is a blog post about creative block; you don’t have to come up with any ideas at all! Simply use my Random Design Generator below to get those creative juices flowing.

    Fun Designs

    Click each underlined text to change style type, media or topic!

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