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Three Ways to Conquer Creative Block

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

The creative block struggle is real.

Overcoming and finding ways of getting around it is certainly easier said than done, but here are three tips that have helped me.

Seek Inspiration

Something I always preach is to seek inspiration. This could be from other designers you closely follow online. However, it also means exploring and being aware of design around you in every day settings. Packaging, typography, colours, patterns, signage . . . the list goes on and on and on. We have tools at our fingertips to record these applications and use them as inspiration in future projects.

Sketch First

Sketch your ideas before going to the build stage. It's amazing what pencil and paper can produce. This will ignite your imagination and ease the creative block. If you're designing a logo, for instance, draw out a few concepts until you reach your creative destination. But your sketch book doesn't just have to include drawings. Jot down ideas, quotes or messages to help fuel your creative fire.

Take a Break

Work in one hour segments then take a break. This could be something as simple as going for a walk or running an errand . . . anything to give your mind some rest. There used to be times when I worked on projects and would put in 2-3 hours straight and lose track of time. Sometimes, if you're on a roll, the last thing you want to do is stop and focus on something else. However, you'll be amazed at what that little window of downtime does for your creativity.


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