So the semester break is coming to an end and tomorrow I head back to university for my last semester as a design student. Throughout the break, I unfortunately haven’t really had the motivation or inspiration to be as creative as I would’ve liked - I mostly used the time to work and watch a whole lot of Gilmore Girls. However, with uni returning this week, I need to get inspired and come up with the best ideas I’ve ever had to ensure that I go out with a bang! If you, like me, need a bit of help in the inspiration department, here are some tips and tricks I’ll be using to get those creative juices flowing again!
Surround yourself with creativity
A lot of the time, inspiration can come from the most obscure or mundane things. Surrounding yourself with things with the potential for inspiration increases the chances of that happening! Cover your walls in posters, photos, magazine clippings and quotes, fill your desk with plants and killer stationary, pile your bookshelves full of art and design books, and scatter your coffee table with fun magazines. Consider swapping TV shows for TED talks and podcasts, or movies and YouTube videos about creativity. Instead of browsing social media, try scrolling through Pinterest, Dribbble or Behance. If you are going to browse social media, fill your feed with inspiration by following creative people who are doing amazing things! Fill your life with creativity and you’ll be surprised how often sparks will fly!
Be a chatterbox
I am a huge advocate for learning from the people around you and I fully believe that spending time with other creative people, or people who encourage your creativity, can be one of the best things for you and your creativity. Grab a friend, a classmate, work colleague or a selection of those, and talk about your ideas. Ask them about what they’re working on and talk about your projects. Bounce ideas off of each other and see what happens! You might not even talk about your classes or projects; you might just talk about something cool you saw on Twitter, or what’s going on in the world and spark new ideas from there! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and talk to new people either - the more you talk creativity, the better!
Get with the times!
I probably spend too much time on Twitter and browsing design websites and blogs as it is, but I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of what’s out there on the World Wide Web. I like to think that I’m pretty up to date with the newest things because of my love of the internet, but there are still some things that slip right past me and I end up being late to the party. Now I’m not telling you to spend all of your time watching your feeds and waiting for the next “it” thing, but trying to keep up to date with what’s going on in your discipline, or even other creative disciplines can inspire the greatest ideas. Maybe you see that there’s some new design software that allows you to do some super radical things that have never been done before, and that inspires you to make something amazing! Or maybe you just see the latest media news - say for example they answer my dreams and announce a new Harry Potter book - you can be one of the first to create amazing websites, social campaigns or whatever it might be, all about the new novel! That was a terrible example, but you get what I mean! Plus, being on top of the latest things can help you with great conversation topics for those creative convos I mentioned before!
Go on an adventure
Sometimes getting away from the workbooks, computers and whiteboards can be the best thing for inspiration. Put down your creative tools and go on an adventure. Go somewhere new, take a nice stroll, maybe listen to some music while you’re at it and take it all in. Take a friend if you don’t feel like being a lone ranger. Find the best parts of your city, explore the hidden gems and find inspiration in the places around you. Traverse landscapes and urban jungles; think about how they make you feel, what they make you think about and how they can inspire your creativity along the way!
Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm
I personally love a great “brain-fart”, especially after one of the previously-mentioned adventures! There’s few things better than exploding all of your thoughts out onto a piece of paper and seeing where the pen takes you. Don’t think about it, just do it. Don’t worry about how dumb or random the things that you’re writing down might be - they could become the best ideas you’ve ever had. Just let it all out without stopping, and then, once you’ve exhausted everything that you had floating around in your brain, then you can evaluate. Find the connections, circle the things that stand out to you, and start to develop solid concepts from there!
Those are just a couple of ways that I am and will be trying to get my creative juices flowing in the next week or so as uni starts to kick back in. Give them a gp, see what happens and let me know how it goes! And as always, if you have any of your own tips for getting inspired, I would love to hear them! Good luck with this semester - we’ve got this!!
Much love, Hollie! :D x