Your Creative Drive

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As graphic designers we are asked day in and day out to be creative, be original, and be knowledgeable. Our ideas can go anywhere from impressing a few fellow classmates to greatly increasing the revenue of a local/national establishment. Yet, how do we develop into a successful designer in the first place? Additionally, how do we stay on top of our game and continue to be inventive and reputable?

"The foundation of a successful designer is measured by his/her creative drive."

It is that drive that provides us with the inspiration and motivation to work towards something influential. However, discovering what drives us is likely as unique as our own design preference. Luckily, we live in a time today where designs from around the world are available within a few clicks of your mouse. So how can we increase and build our creative drive?

Expose Yourself

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If you are a young designer who would like to strengthen your creative drive,
the most important advice I can give to you is this:

Expose yourself to the design community.

  1. Surf endlessly through that big wave known as the Internet for design blogs, “Best of’s” and look at the portfolios of professionals.
  2. Pick up the latest design magazines and absorb those articles that discuss why we’re still mesmerized by the likes of Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, David Carson, etc. and flip over to that “Fresh” section to study the up and comings.
  3. Find out what/who influences you to pick up that pencil and paper and run with it.

Pick Someone’s Brains

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It also wouldn’t hurt to study the brain of a creative professional. A lot of professionals are more than glad to help out young designers and share old "war stories" of projects gone awry in an attempt to help you become a better designer. You’ve got to know what good is before you can generate appreciable work yourself. A repeated line my professors have told us since day one is,

"Ninety-nine percent of everything you see is poorly designed. Having the understanding of why that one percent is admirable is edification within itself."

Don’t have access to some creative professionals? We do! Check out our Ask the Expert series.

Dealing with Creative "Burn Out"

One of the most difficult things designers have to deal with is their own creative “burn out.” We’ve all had days when going into the office (or the living room) is quite difficult and the motivation to create simply isn’t there. Being somewhat of an optimist, I try to pick at least one thing I admire from a current project and aim to spread that positive incentive throughout the rest of the project.

Study your problem. Ask yourself why it’s not working instead of jumping ship. The answer may be one extra thought away. You’ll also often find that the best remedy is to take an early lunch break. Getting your mind off of design and deciding on what type of ridiculously greasy burger you’d love to stuff your face in can do wonders.

Light

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A great site like FFFFOUND! offers troves of inspiration and can break your dry spell by recommending a variation of top-notch work to rejuvenate your creative drive. Getting off of the computer and sketching is a great way to explore ideas quickly and it often provokes multiple fresh ideas. New ideas may come your way through experimentation with different tools and mediums. Remember, it’s your mind, NOT your computer that is the most important design tool.

I hope that this article has helped many of you stay confident with your work and your ability to design. This is a fantastic field that we are all a part of, with many extremely talented individuals to inspire and help us along the way. I hope we all have a successful and inventive year as we strive to increase and improve our creative drive.

What are some of the things that you do to improve your creative drive? We’d love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment. It would be nice to hear from the rest of the design community. Thanks for reading this article.

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Josh Medrano is a San Antonio based designer who will be graduating this spring from the University of The Incarnate Word with a BFA in Graphic Design. He is also currently working for Wickley Interactive - an interactive and marketing agency. Josh also runs his own blog and portfolio website to help inspire and educate others about the design community.

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    Good Article.
    Nice Tips…

    Also,
    1. Watch out other people in the industry (Dont copy..Take Inspiration)
    2. Take inspiration from nature & life.
    3. Identify practical design issues that you face in everyday life & think how it can be improved… (Eg. how to change the design of mouse to browse fast etc.)
    4. Have lot of fun & Be crazy :)
    .-= DesignFellow´s latest Blog Entry – CodeIgniter quick reference cheat sheet version 2.0 released =-.

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      Hey mate, thanks for sharing your tips with us. I agree with taking inspiration from nature. You can definitely get inspired by going out and looking at nature. :)

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    very nice article. i never realize it before. maybe you could (someday) list all the website that can be use for design inspirations.

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    Thanks! Always great tips to keep in mind.

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    Great article. People don’t realize how hard it is to “be creative” day in and day out sometimes. Just because we are “creatives” doesn’t mean it always comes to us during every waking moment of every day.

    Your readers might also be interested in this post as well:
    5 Steps to getting out of a creativity jam

    Thanks for sharing!

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      I completley agree with you. People expect that you are a creative idea machine 24/7 because you are a designer.

      It seems hard to understand for them that we have days as well, during which not one creative thought passes through our head, but I think that is completley normal and acceptable.

      It just has a bad timing sometimes…I’d rather have a creative block when I’m not working on client work…

      Great article!
      .-= DesignLovr´s latest Blog Entry – Weekly DesignLove #3 =-.

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        “It just has a bad timing sometimes…I’d rather have a creative block when I’m not working on client work…”

        So true! Haha. That’s why I think it’s very important for us to have some things that we do when we do hit that creative block. :)

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      I agree, Preston. It’s definitely hard to always be creative day in and day out.

      Oh, and by the way, thanks for sharing that article. It was a nice read.

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    Beautiful post… Thanks for this highly useful tips Josh!

    -Deepu
    .-= Deepu Balan´s latest Blog Entry – Jai Hanuman: Rare collection of Lord Hanuman Illustrations =-.

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    One trick I like to use is when I am in the creative flow I try to stay there longer than the project may require. If I can continue to create something extra that I can put aside for later, I always have some fresh, unused creations waiting to be touched up and shipped out the door.
    .-= Chris Thurman´s latest Blog Entry – 6 Ways Apple’s iPad Will Shake Up The Design World =-.

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    For me, the creative process for any project begins with the keywords that I have been able to cull from conversations with out clients. From this stage I am armed with my Moleskine sketch notebook and a pencil.

    After listing what I call “action keywords” for the project, I will draw free form sketch doodles for some of those keywords. When I “discover” something I think will work in this process, I then draw up a slightly more detailed sketch that I place next to my monitor as a reference. This is when I actually will sit in from of the computer to begin the mock up process.

    Before I implemented this way of working, I was guilty of sitting in front of the monitor waiting for some magical idea to come to me. It wasn’t until a fellow designer told me that I was wasting precious time this way. Unplug yourself from the computer. Take a break, as you suggested. If you try it once, I believe you will notice a marked improvement in your creative drive.
    .-= Erik Ford´s latest Blog Entry – 3 Simple Image Enhancements in Photoshop =-.

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      Great advice, Erik. Definitely going to give this a shot.

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      Excellent tips Erik. I agree with you that there are too many designers who are starting off on the computer instead of a piece of paper. Sometimes it works, but more often than not, it’s a waste of time.

      I’d definitely love to hear more of your creative process as well. :)

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      Erik, this is exactly the type of thing I need to know now, when I’m just starting out, to save me the *headdesk* later on when I realise it’s such a no-brainer technique! It’s so obviously simple to pick the “action keywords” from your conversations / correspondence with the client – thanks so much!

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    Great article!

    Wanna get more involved in the design community, I heard about this new online design coming soon that will showcase talent and blogs http://www.creermag.com
    .-= digibomb´s latest Blog Entry – 30+ design blogs for learning, inspiration, and fun! =-.

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    Great article. I completely agree with the ‘Creative Burn Out’ problem. Creativity is something, which most of us take for granted. It is easy to be creative for a short period of time/work. The trick is, to be consistent and never run out of ideas.

    One way to trigger the creative drive is to – “Think Different”. Keep experimenting always, even when you are not working for a client. And, needless to say, involve yourself in the community/forums and gather ideas.

    Thanks for the ideas, Josh. Kudos to you, Jad, for yet another amazing article.
    .-= Richie´s latest Blog Entry – 70 Most wanted Illustrator tutorials of all time =-.

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    Great article! Sometimes I find what helps is to ‘wipe the slate clean’ and to get away from your usual source of inspiration, e.g the web, and go look at books, magazines, and the world around you instead. I find getting away from the information overflow that the internet provides can really help you see where to take a design.

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      Hi Grant, I agree with doing that as well. There are times when looking at the computer too long becomes very monotonous and we lose our creativity. A nice walk outside or exercise definitely gets the creative juices flowing again.

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    Believe it or not, but I face the opposite problem, that is, too many ideas. And honestly speaking, that is equally destructive. You start working on some idea and then you get another creative burst, which sometimes is so difficult to resist that you start pondering upon the new idea leaving the original idea behind. There have been times when I ended up doing nothing because I kept jumping from one idea to the other. Believe me guys, I am not bragging here that I am smart enough to get too many ideas. It really becomes a problem when start loosing focus due to frequent creative bursts. Too many ideas can also kill your productivity.

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      Correction, what I meant was – It really becomes a problem when you start loosing focus due to frequent creative bursts.

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        I know exactly where you’re coming from. When I begin a new project I strike inspiration from so many different areas. What helps me to narrow it down is to think of the objectives of the project. Write your ideas down…draw them out…get them on paper. Which ideas conceptually and graphically are close to my objective? Look at all of your ideas and try to eliminate the ones you feel are weaker than others and then push the remaining concepts. Even if you have another idea half way into the project, write it down and archive it. Old ideas come in handy more often than you think.

        Hope this helps.

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        I’m with you Adit. There are definitely times when you get so many ideas. My advice would be to write those ideas down and forget about them. Then at a later time, you can return and re-read your ideas and see if they are still worth doing.

        Too many times, we get ideas that aren’t really useful, and it helps to look at them again on another day. I would also suggest sharing your idea with someone you trust and asking them about it. It’s always nice to get a different perspective on our ideas.

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        Great tips Josh. Thanks for answering and giving your opinions regarding Adit’s questions.

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      @Josh I don’t have any problems while working on a website(for a client). For that, I already have the web design algorithm, which I have discussed earlier on this blog. The problem arises when I am working on personal projects and article ideas. When you get too many ideas for projects or articles, it becomes somewhat difficult to focus on one idea. To avoid this difficulty, I maintain something which I call as- “Tangent Log”, in which I write down all the project and article ideas with brief summary so that I can work upon them at a later stage. I think I should start meditation to help me focus on one thing at a time. :D

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        stop trying to show off.

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        Hello again Adit. Meditation definitely helps to clear your thoughts and to focus on just one idea. It’s a practice that most people don’t do anymore, but I believe it is very important.

        @LOL – Please be respectful. Next time, if you don’t even have the courage to put your real name and email, then don’t even comment at all. If you’re brave enough to mock others, then at least be brave enough to put your own name down. :)

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    Awesome post!

    I also think that it’s important to go back to things that have inspired you or have changed how you think. Like a creative movie, or even a song. Going back to a significant, life changing inspiration keeps you from falling into a routine, which leads you away from being creative.
    .-= Tom´s latest Blog Entry – 9 Free High-Resolution Heart Graphics =-.

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      Great advice Tom. I’m sure we all have some things that definitely inspire us every time.

      To me, there are a few sports movies that always seem to inspire me. There are some amazing songs as well. :)

      Oh, and by the way, seeing the bills also inspire me to be creative. :)

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    Great read! Love the cartoon
    .-= Mel Ndiweni´s latest Blog Entry – Aurora Borealis Typopgraphy Wallpaper Photoshop Tutorial =-.

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    Chris,
    Staying with a project a little longer than necessary in order to have something to put aside for later is a fabulous idea. I am going to use this method with the next few pieces I create.

    I am a huge proponent of getting away from your workspace as a way to develop inspiration/avoid burnout. Usually a good brisk run or a short car drive will be enough to “reset” my creativity.

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    Nice article.
    I am sure each designer is familiar with the Creative Burnout. When I am feeling Creative, it is very natural and I seriously have no issues creating a good design.
    However for times, when I am not that lucky, I use MindNode (Free version is good enough) for mind mapping my thoughts, keywords, ideas that flow in and out. Then I might get up and have a drink or watch something or stay on twitter so that my mind is off what I was thinking earlier during the design process. When I come back to the workspace, I look at the mind map as a fresh stuff and look at the “Why’s” of the keywords and ideas.
    It is from this iterative process that I launch off with the Moleskin or on my Spiral Grid Notebooks.
    .-= Inspiring Pixel´s latest Blog Entry – Framebars and Witchcraft =-.

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    Thank you all for your kind comments and thanks for those of you who shared your own recipes for success. It’s a learning experience in understanding how each one of you work to solve problems as well. I’ll be sure to try these tips on my next project(s). Thanks again.

    - Josh

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      I’m with you Josh. I also appreciate everyone for taking the time to add their thoughts to this article. It’s always interesting to read what others are doing and by doing so, it is very helpful as well.

      By the way, thank you so much for writing this article. I really appreciate it Josh and I’m sure the Design Informer readers appreciate it as well. :)

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    Great Article.

    Every Designer face “Creative Burnout” I personally listed to songs when i feel myself lack of ideas…and after sometime again i start fresh.

    Guys music is the best for this :)

    Thanks for posting this article. It really helps.

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    Great post Josh,
    beautiful tips for waking up the inner creativity.
    Thanks for sharing!
    cheers :)
    .-= Nikhil´s latest Blog Entry – Free Under Water Wallpaper Pack #2 =-.

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    Travelling 1 time a month :D i would have money to do that! great tips here!!
    .-= designi1´s latest Blog Entry – Design for the smile – what the feelings can tell more about your design? =-.

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    Great Tips, thx 4 sharing :)

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    Agree with article’s author. Thanks for nice reading!

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    Useful article, there are some interesting ideas

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    Enjoyed the article, the comments and really I like this topic.

    What drives my passion for design is seeing or taking part in creative endeavors. I spend my time taking photos from around the area where I live (West Michigan along the lake, 3rd coast) then play with them on the computer, while always listening to music of some variety. My soon to be 6 year old daughter is my favorite subject, because being so young and energetic she energizes me. We also mess around with creating art all forms of media and she leads the way, with her ideas. This helps connect with the child inside me, which is creative and fun, and always helps with generating new ideas.

    I turn to the web and just surf around, checking stuff out. Making a new Google doc, to describe the source and make link, so I can go back later. I use design magazines: Print, How, Step…and Juxtapoz for creative juice. There are several other art & design, photography magazines from the U.K. I read. The last would be books on design, Photoshop creative techniques…These are great. I don’t buy to many on the software, just techniques, software books get outdated to fast.

    For burnout, I do more of what mentioned, but morning pages of random thoughts and meditation helps. Art gallery visits and the late Spring brings several college portfolio shows to checkout. We have a few great ones to attend in Grand Rapids, Chicago and Detroit, all around the same time. Last fall there was ArtPrize, which was two weeks of art all over the city of Grand Rapids, with over 1200 artists displaying. Weekend walks by myself, with the iPod, helps clear the head. I am also trying to incorporate more regular exercise now, which is what I have done in the past, which really helps with thinking and staying focused. Finally, I always record ideas in some manner for later use.

    Client work is client work. Their business, product or goals are what drive that creativity. You have to find their identity to focus on.

    -Great post and topic.

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      Hey Don,

      Thanks for the comment. It’s nice to read about what inspires your creativity. West Michigan looks like a great place to live, but I think it might be too cold there for my liking. :)

      Thanks for your tips. These are all great sources of inspiration. I think that’s why we enjoy this topic. Everyone has their own ways of getting inspired, and by sharing it with each other, we can all learn something and pick something up that can be useful to us.

      I’ve never visited an art gallery before but I am definitely interested and I might check some out. Actually, my old boss used to collect Latin American art and he had hundreds of paintings so that was a good and unique source of inspiration for me. Thanks again Don for participating in the discussion and for sharing your thoughts. :)

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    Another great read…
    When I am unable to get any ideas… I usually shut down my pc and go out for a long walk…

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    Absolutely the best thing for me to combat ‘creative burnout’ is getting away from the job I’m working on.

    As mentioned previously, going for a walk etc helps but it really doesn’t matter for me personally, it’s just about getting away for a while. If time allows it, I’ve even just written off the rest of the day, giving m what I call ‘the overnight test’.

    The important thing is that when you come back to whatever it is you were having trouble with — be it mind-mapping, early sketches or 1st stage visuals — you tend to view it with fresh eyes which can give you a new perspective on what you are doing. It can either send you off in a new, and better, direction or it can actually confirm that you are on the right road but you just didn’t have that distance to realise it in the first place.

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      Yes, that’s true Martin. I actually learned about doing that from one of my favorite designers, James White. He calls it the “Next Day” test. If it still looks good the next day, then it passes the test.

      I personally agree with your point about fresh eyes. That’s why it’s always good to have others look at your design as well.

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    Brilliant post! When I’m out of ideas, I sleep. Taking a nap resets my head (I nap deeply hard) so my brain’s OS reboots and everything goes back to normal.
    Thanks for sharing

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      Hi Josh and Jad, first let me thank you for this great post. Second, let me give you some ideas of how to help you get rid of being burnout.

      All “doers” face the potential of burnout: over committing, doing too much, and losing your drive and energy. If you’re Fired Up, and you accomplish much on a regular basis, it’s surprisingly easy for burnout to occur. It often starts out as a prolonged period of stress.

      It’s an interesting phenomenon. Burnout rarely happens to procrastinators; it happens to doers. Doers live with a fair amount of stress anyway. Good stress occurs when we get excited about a new challenge. Bad stress occurs when a crisis or trauma takes place. Either way, it has a big impact on the central nervous system. Those of us who are already substantial achievers are the ones at the greatest risk. It takes very little to upset that delicate balance of easily juggling lots of different balls. All too quickly, added demands and pressure can force you into overload.

      Here are some suggestions for a quick remedy to burnout.

      1. Take Control of Something Small
      Often when we’re burnt out, we feel out of control. Remedy the situation by taking control of something small and manageable. If your desk is totally cluttered and can be tackled in a few hours, do it. Choose an activity that’s quick and easy, so you can feel a sense of satisfaction and can see the fruits of your labor. Completion releases its own special energy, so pick something you know you can get done in a few hours. Then complete it. That will at least get you back into a more positive frame of mind, and let you know that you do get things done, even if you’re not feeling that way now.

      2. Track Your Successes Daily
      Get yourself an attractive journal. Then every night, before you go to bed, write down your successes from that day. Each of us accomplishes so much, but when you’re burning out, you may not realize it. The very first success may be “Got out of bed” because you did even, when you didn’t want to. Give yourself credit for every phone call, every meeting, every report, every e-mail. Burnt-out people feel like they don’t get anything done, and that simply is not true. Try this technique for a month. I guarantee it will boost your self-esteem. And just imagine how you’ll feel if you do it for a whole year.

      3. Just Say No
      When your embers are dying, one of the best things you can do is say “no.” That means “no” to anything new, “no” to any additional tasks or responsibilities, “no” to any social events that mean work for you. Get yourself in balance, and cut back on your overtaxed life. Stop doing so many things. Don’t agree to help everyone else. Take care of yourself first. You’re worth nothing to anyone else if you are exhausted and demoralized. You owe it to yourself and to others to say “no” while you recharge. There are huge payoffs when you simplify your life. Try it.

      4. Play Like a Child
      There’s a reason that young children are so happy most of the time. They play often. They generally laugh over 300 times a day as opposed to most adults who laugh 7 times a day. They live totally in the present moment and are not worried about tomorrow. They continually feed and express their imagination by using all of their senses and experimenting. That’s why play is the perfect antidote to the stress of burnout. Why do you think golf is so popular? People get outdoors in nature, laugh and play.

      5.Focus on Good News and Avoid Negative People
      Dr. Martin Sullivan of the University of Pennsylvania, discovered that after 20 years of research interviewing 350,000 executives, the top 10% performers think differently from others; they all have the quality of optimism.
      It’s also been documented that we have at least 50,000 thoughts a day, and that for most people, 75% – 85% are negative. When you’re in danger of burnout, you need to change your internal programming and focus on positive, powerful thoughts which get you Fired Up! and help you maintain your optimism.
      We live in a negative society which focuses on negative news. Every workplace has an “ain’t it awful” club whining about the bad news and stirring up trouble. Avoid this group. Stay away from gossips and naysayers. Avoid negative family members when you’re under stress. You may even need to avoid your parents.
      At work, counteract the negativity by sharing good news. Ask your employees and family every few days: what’s the good news? Cultivate optimism and you’ll start yourself back on track.

      6. Spend Time Helping Someone Less Fortunate
      Get out of your self and serve other people. The treasure of service is that it gives you just as much as the people you serve. Check out the “Help Haiti” drive.

      and last but not the least is

      7. Forgiveness
      All of us are human and we get hurt. Sometimes people do absolutely awful things to us, and we find it hard to forgive them. A recent Gallup poll on death found that those adults who had not a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones or make peace were experiencing stress. Fifty-six percent of all adults were afraid they wouldn’t be forgiven by God.
      My experience is that God is a forgiving God. And that incredible liberation comes from forgiving someone who has hurt you. The amazing thing is that forgiveness is not for them; it’s for you. As long as some part of your consciousness is tied up in righteousness about how wrong and awful they were, a part of you lives under stress and is not accessible for creativity. You hurt yourself when you hold onto the past. Let it go, forgive, and observe the new found freedom you experience. You won’t know this until you try it. But it can relieve more stress than a massage.

      Hope this helps.

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        WOW! Thanks for the long, thought-out comment Zanzu.

        I completely agree with your thoughts on getting rid of creative burnout.

        I really like how you mentioned “play like a child.” Sometimes, just hanging out with your friends and family, and relaxing can definitely get rid of that creative block.

        Thanks for all your contributions so far to Design Informer. It’s nice to see people like you who are really helping out to make the discussions more meaningful. :)

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      Hey, thanks for your opinion on this topic.

      “Taking a nap resets my head (I nap deeply hard) so my brain’s OS reboots and everything goes back to normal.”

      I love the analogy of the brain as a computer and OS. It’s true that our brains are probably the strongest computers out there and we just have to learn how to use it. I think also that while sleeping, we are definitely rebooting our computer brain and making it fresh. It’s like using CCleaner for our brain. :)

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    I agree with all your points on what to do to be creative, especially reading magazines and exploring the net. I usually step away from the computer and get back into nature, get some needed rest after that my brain rejuvenates and idea flood gate opens :)
    .-= loswl´s latest Blog Entry – Create A Cool Typography Effect in Photoshop =-.

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      Hey Mark, getting rest is always good for ideas. I also find that sometimes, while sleeping, my mind seems to come up with some great ideas, and when I wake up, I simply write those ideas down. I also heard that this is very common, and some people even keep a pen and paper next to their bed to write down ideas that come to them while they are sleeping. :)

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    When I am dealing with a design roadblock on a particular project, the best thing I can do for myself is close Photoshop and go on to something completely unrelated. Not only is staring at your unfinished project going to make you more stressed, it’s also a waste of time if you are completely stuck.

    Walk away from your desk for a few minutes if you have to. Take your sketch pad and pencil and just start sketching. Go outside. Go for a jog (if you can). Do anything but fight with Photoshop. :)

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      LOL! Fight with Photoshop

      That made me laugh! I can’t remember how many times in the past I have tried to fight with Photoshop. I don’t think I’ve ever won. You are completely right. There’s no use of fighting with Photoshop. Walking away and returning later is definitely something that we should do. :)

      Thanks Andrew!

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    I think the one of the worst things you can do when you’re suffering from creative burnout is to look at “design inspiration” sites. What usually occurs is mimicry instead of creation. The best thing you can do is to walk away from that particular project and DO SOMETHING ELSE completely unrelated to that project. I suggest cleaning or organizing in some fashion as it’ll give that portion of your brain a rest, allow you to physically workout the mental cleaning/organization that’s going on in your mind, AND will allow you to accomplish something practical.

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      Hi Ollie, I do understand what you are trying to say. I think often times, our designs start to look at the websites that we got inspired by. But if you think about it, I really think that most of our design ideas come from another website that we have seen before. We probably don’t mean to copy them, but subconsciously, our mind grabs the idea from something that we have seen before.

      That’s why most of the people here mentioned that they either rest, go outside or do something that’s not related to the computer, which helps them forget about it and come back fresh. :)

      Thanks for your opinions. I really appreciate it.

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    Very inspiring lines here. I should say pen and paper are essential to jot content in mind.
    .-= Arjun Phlox´s latest Blog Entry – » Archipod – An Eco-friendly Garden Office =-.

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    Instead of just jumping in to the design work I always see other designer’s work for inspiration (not copy).

    This really works because you get so many ideas which you could never have thought of before :)
    .-= Site Reviver´s latest Blog Entry – Love is in The Air – Valentines Day =-.

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    Little bit late on this one, but nonetheless wanted to add my 2 cents worth.

    As other commenters have alluded to, one of the best to build creative drive is to take inspiration from outside our profession.

    This means from time to time escaping from the design world completely. Turn off your computer, take a holiday and not even think about design for a set period of time. After disconnecting for a couple of days/weeks I find that fresh ideas will come naturally.
    .-= Duane Kinsey´s latest Blog Entry – 23 Ways to Run a More Environmentally Sustainable Design Business =-.

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