Every designer faces a situation in his life when it feels as if all his creativity has become stagnant and no new ideas or designs will click. This loss of inspiration happens when you are not surrounded by a learning and inspirational community. When your workflow decreases, you need to bring some changes in your life to rekindle the flame of creativity. To counteract the situation, you need to go further, study new things, and implement new work routines. Here are a few tips that will improve your work culture and bring back the creative spark.
Every designer has his own favorite designs and you should try to remake your favorite design layouts, icons, effects, etc. Recreating something is a good way to learn new things as you crave to reach that level and give your best effort. If you can not recreate the desired effect or design, then ask for help to the online designer community. There is also plethora of great Photoshop to HTML tutorials available online which can help you to discover how these effects and functionalities are designed.
Sometimes redecorating the workspace can bring in a lot of positive energy. The monotonous environment can affect your creative spirit and small changes like different position of your monitor, or sticking a poster on your wall can lighten up the whole environment.
There are hundreds of great books on designing available in the market. Some designers may think that book reading is outdated and nerdy, but books and magazines are actually quite helpful to learn new design trends and techniques. The tutorials and articles will increase your knowledge and you will be aware of the latest developments in designing happening around the world. Reading interview is a good habit because you learn new things from the best in the industry.
Social networks are there for a purpose. It's not just for chatting and photo sharing but for joining communities that can help you learn something. There are many good designer communities that can keep your knowledge updated. Besides online communication build offline relationships. Try to attend conferences, events, workshops regularly to meet new designers and learn their new ideas. In those seminars you might also meet the potential clients.
To organize your work and to give your creative ideas proper shape try to write down the main points and a basic design before starting web design. It can improve the work style and make your approach more professional.
There are some very resourceful blogs for website designers where you can learn new tricks of design. Various authors contribute in such sites and they write on a variety of topics. It's an ideal way to stay updated. If you have any questions regarding designs then you can post them in those blogs and get the answer from a veteran.
Grahic design is a very dynamic arena of work. Learn about new designing software. Every designer must remain updated, motivated and eager to learn so that his creative designs never stop flowing in the virtual world.
To keep your work and life organized, use any software you like but make sure that you have a proper plan of works to do before you start the week. It helps you to set a goal and reach it comfortably.
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