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BLANK PAGE SYNDROME...ever felt like that? It happens to the best of us...it is called a creative block.
Creative block is frustrating, however, for a creative professional it could be career-damaging. Imagine a situation where you have a tight deadline and you are short on ideas? You might fail to deliver the needed output and it can hamper your career growth. In today's blog post, I am going to tell you about how you can overcome creative block.
Not only that, but I have also finished the 30-day logo design challenge! If you don't know what I am talking about, you can click here to read about it. Since I have completed the challenge I would like to showcase all my logo designs to get your valuable input. Do you like the logo? Is it fit for the company I created it for? You can comment on all this below in the comments! I am eagerly awaiting all of your thoughts. You will find the showcase at the end of the blog post.
HOW TO OVERCOME CREATIVE BLOCK?
Coming back to creative block, some ways to overcome creative block are:
1. SKETCHING IDEAS
Some designers jump on to the computer as soon as they get a project brief, but that shouldn't be the first step to be taken.
As a thumb rule, it is always better to start on paper.
Sketches and drawings not only help the easy amalgamation of initial ideas but also facilitate their potential of giving finished results. It is a great exercise when you want to overcome creative block as it sets the creative juices flowing.
2. THOUGHT EXERCISES
Myles Newlyn, the designer behind logos for companies including Sky, EE, and Unilever suggested a very powerful and useful mental exercise,
"Imagine a leaflet coming through your door from the business you’re creating the design for. How does it look? How does it feel? What’s the weight of paper and finish? Paint a picture in your mind of what you would expect."
The point of this exercise is that whatever you imagine is an outcome of your personal experiences. Where you travel, what films and tv you watch, what you read, and where you eat will all contribute to a mental toolbox of aesthetics and visual elements that you can draw from, so be sure to experience the wonders of life to get rid of that sticky creative block!
3. FINDING THE RIGHT AESTHETICS
I have realized that 'finding the right solution' makes your design process really easy and smooth. But how do you do that? With the right aesthetics. How do you find these aesthetics to overcome your creative block? I am going to share a few sources I use to get inspiration and they always have given me the best results.
a. PIXELO - This is the paradise of design inspiration. Tons of stunning photos, amazing fonts, and unique design elements are sure to make you swoon when you land on their website. Not only that, but Pixelo also has handpicked design bundles and resources for a very affordable price to make your design exquisitely appealing. For me, Pixelo is the ultimate creative block killer!
b. ARTIXTY - This is the hub of prolific ideas and innovative genius. Each page of Artixty is filled with unending sources of creativity. Artixty's supermassive bundle is worth every penny spent! If you are looking for exclusive design resources and creativity, stop by this website and see the magic unfold.
If you are struggling with ideas, take a break. Go for a walk to the park. Play a fun game. Sleep on it if needed. The craziest of ideas are born in the weirdest of places, so don't give up and trust the process!
Now for my logo design showcase, scroll below to see it!
Let's rewind and go back a month, I started this 30 days, 30 logos challenge to speed up my ideating process. Believe me, was it successful or what! It worked wonders for me and I felt that I had to share it with you guys!
*Images and visual assets are sourced from Unsplash, Envato Elements, and Pexels.
Feel free to comment if you liked any logos, share (you can share it by clicking on the three dots at the top of this post and the social links at the end of this post), give your suggestions and mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about this challenge.