Inspiration for Inspiration
February can be a monotonous month. The December holiday/NYE craze has settled. We are in a routine and sometimes inspiration can be stunted. There are obvious things we can do to get inspired such as stepping away from our work desk to take a walk, going to a gallery, listening to music, or looking at the work of another designer we admire. However, sometimes we may find that by doing these things we still remain frustrated and compare ourselves to the experts in a negative way. So, in preparation to combat the winter slump, here are some easy ways we are finding inspiration this month:
1. A website literally called “Designspiration”
This website, set up like Pinterest, allows you to search through a series of images all relating to crisp design. These images range from posters, to fashion, to celebrity headshots, to collages. You can search images that are trending or click on “random” to have a series of miscellaneous designs appear on your screen. Seriously, there are hundreds. Design Inspiration’s Instagram page features different images from their site (posted in chronological order of course) and, if you’re feeling really inspired, you can even submit your own designs or photographs to their website and get featured. Think of it as a designer’s slum hub. Hit “random” and get ready to find some fresh images to clear your mind.
2. Showcases on Inspiration Grid
Inspiration Grid is, according to their site, a “creative showcase.” Since 2011, they have been posting articles about all things art and design. Right now, their homepage features stories and image links exhibiting topics from artwork lettering to specific packaging designs and minimalist movie posters. This is another source you can use to jog your creative spirits when you’re having a difficult time thinking up your own original ideas.
3. Remember Canva?
Most graphic designers know Canva, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of obvious sources out there for inspiration. This website tool is a space for all things photography, graphics, and typography. According to their webpage origin story, “The idea for Canva came about when Melanie Perkins was teaching graphic design programs at university and found students struggled to learn the basics.” Sometimes, going back to the basics can be productive. On this site, you can browse design types, templates, icons, photos, and general ideas.
4. Pinterest Infographics
Speaking of another obvious website, Pinterest is a great cure for when you’re having difficulty getting those creative juices flowing. On Pinterest, you can search for graphic designs and find some great infographics. Here are a few of our favorites.
5. If the websites aren’t working…
If these internet sources aren’t working for you, then maybe it’s time to take a general step back and follow some of our steps mentioned above. According to Robie Benve, an artist and blogger for Felt Magnet, you can get out of a creative slump by being creative. Try doodling without pressure. Try something new in your personal life to get a fresh feeling. Go look at art at a museum or sign up for weekly challenges online towards your specific medium. This way, you’re giving yourself deadlines without pressure and when you create for the fun of it, you may be able to get inspired in your professional setting.
What are ways that you are staying inspired this winter? Comment below.