Designer’s Block: 5 Simple Tips to Help You Get Re-inspired

Every designer has been there at some point. Some days being creative can feel impossible, no matter how many cups of coffee you’ve had. Whether you’ve hit a roadblock halfway through your design or you’re struggling to even get started, here are five ways to help you push through:

1. Take a Break

This one seems pretty obvious, but from personal experience, this is my go-to strategy. Creative blocks can be extremely frustrating, so it's usually best to revisit your design when your mind is calm and refreshed. Take a walk, eat a snack, or switch gears to a different project for a little bit. It can be difficult to walk away if you have a tight deadline looming, but you’ll end up saving yourself time (and stress!) in the long run.

2. Ask for Advice

Do you work with a team of designers? Utilize them! Getting multiple viewpoints on a project can get your creative juices flowing. If you’re stumped at the beginning of a project, ask for a short brainstorm session. If you’ve gotten stuck half way through, ask for a critique. Be sure to go in with an open mind—even the most outrageous ideas can lead you to something brilliant.

3. Research & Create a Mood Board

Research should be done at the beginning of every project, as it will assist in capturing your initial excitement of a new design that you can refer back to. That being said, research shouldn’t be limited to the beginning of the process. If your current concept just isn’t working, go back to the drawing board. Pinterest is the perfect tool to gather references if you aren’t already using it! Be sure to not limit yourself to searching only graphic design—there is plenty of inspiration to be found in other less obvious areas, like nature, architecture, and fashion.

4. Carry a Sketchbook

Inspiration is not necessarily an on-command skill. We’re not always in the most ideal situations when the lightbulb goes off, so be prepared for it to hit you at anytime. Keep a small sketchbook to jot down those ideas when they come so you can revisit them when you need to be re-inspired. When the designer’s block comes, you’ll be ready to tackle it with your handy sketchbook of amazing ideas.

5. Change Your Scenery

If you’re working on a laptop, try switching up your location for a few hours, like going to a coffee shop or park. You will be surprised how much your surroundings can affect your creativity. If you’re at a desk and can’t venture out, switch up your workspace. Add photos, art, plants, or some fun knick knacks to make your deskspace a more stimulating area to create. Taking some time to do this will also give your brain a break from the task at hand.

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