Finding Inspiration To Overcome Creative Blocks

Gina HousemanComment

Working in a creative field is, in my opinion, the best thing ever! But it doesn't come without it's challenges, from both outside sources and within. I love sitting down at my desk in the morning with a warm (or iced) cup of coffee at my side, armed with the perfect inspiration and excited to put pen to paper or move some pretty pixels around the screen. But sometimes those pixels just refuse to arrange to my liking and I'm left with a sinking feeling of dread and a internal convo that goes something like this:  "Do I love what I do? Heck yes! Does the hard work yield results that I'm proud of? Yea baby! So what's going on here and now? Why can't I get this design to fall into line? Can I do this? Why does today suck?" I have found one strategy that is SO simple and surprisingly pushes that creative refresh button.

Take a walk.

Sounds easy right? Almost too easy. So easy I routinely forget about it. But trust me it works.

I find it's even best if you do forget about it (it being what you are so stumped on). Go to the grocery, walk the dog, put in a load of laundry. Do something that is not 'thinking about design' and get your brain on something else. Since you are a creative, and you see the world the creative way you do, the new inspiration will find it's way in and give you the boost you need to get over that block.

I live in Brooklyn, so grocery and laundry are errands that I walk to, so if you live in a place where you have to drive most places, I recommend just going for a plain old walk. There is something about the slower pace and physical movement that allows me to notice things I don't normally see. The image above is a result of this strategy in action. The lines in that beautifully detailed tree guard, a crazy freesia-like plant (spied from someone else's yard), and the fresh air brought me back to my desk with a more positive attitude and a new dedication to getting the troublesome design in shape.

If you ever get stuck I hope you will give this a try and let me know how it works for you. Happy Monday.