As a graphic designer I am looking for inspiration all the time. You know the feeling when you have a project on the table and you just cannot figure out what to do with it? That happen to all of us and even to the experienced ones. Our head is not a machine and cannot true one idea after another.
Our inspiration is getting from our surrounding, from what we read and what we sea. In this article I will try to help you and tell you what I know about getting inspired.
Important part is to give your brain time to connect one to another. This process is called neuroplasticity, and it is actually the moment when you are resting or falling sleep. Another time when you’re in that stage is, when you’re drunk or high. That’s maybe why so many artists and writers have been alcoholics. This is very interesting part and I am not going to write in deep about it, but you can find links underneath for more information.
Anyway doesn’t matter how you get yourself in to that stage. You still need some info which can your brain process, getting ideas actually mean connecting one fact to another, you may not even realize it but that is how it works. You may of seen a women wearing yellow t-shirt and the next day you just think aaa yellow is actually nice, let’s just use it on the poster. So look around yourself.
When you see something you really like, just make a picture, everyone have smartphones with high quality camera these days, so use them, that is how Callie Hegstrom do it. She is a talented designer behind Make Media. She said:
“I snap photos of gorgeous colour schemes (like flowers, or sunsets), and later sample those colours directly in Photoshop or Illustrator. It’s also a great way to match text or graphics with any photo you’re working with to make sure your work is cohesive.”
Today I saw beautiful Chinese duck in the park, she had such a nice pattern. Remember that nature is the best designer, I am sure that my next design with have peace of the dug.
Go to art galleries and see what other artists have done to become a famous. They are hanging on the wall for a reason. You are not copying them but you are collecting information. Read books about other artists’ techniques.
When you are at the point that you don’t know what to do with the project, ask another people, ideas cause ideas, they can see something that you are missing or they may think about it other way, which is also good. I find it the best to ask someone who don’t have clue about design. Another option is to post your idea on social network, or even here, and wait what will be the reaction.
Thank you for reading my first post ever and wait for the next one.