Being creative is definitely a helpful trait for any endeavor. If you are for instance working on a website design, you definitely need to come up with a unique and new layout all the time. However, there are times when your creativity seems to drop off and you can’t deliver. So how do you increase your creativity for better output? Here are a few simple ways that you can do to get the creativity juices flowing out.
1. Find new sources of inspiration
Where you get your design ideas from is often one of the biggest things that could limit your creativity in a significant manner. This is especially the case if you are more on the traditionalist route and use only a few design inspirations. Expand your repertoire by looking for new design inspirations for your work.
So where do you get new design inspirations? Well, you will be surprised to find out that there are unlimited sources you can draw your inspiration from. Just look around and you will likely be able to spot something that you will be able to use for your design work. Even something that might be totally unrelated to your line of work can actually come up as useful for a project. For instance, you might come across interesting print designs for T-shirts which you think would look cool on your web site layout. Go ahead and play with the design to see how it looks on your site.
The internet is a good place to search for design ideas you can use. Just hit the search button and you will come up with thousands of design ideas. Just a word of advice when it comes to taking materials off the net to use for your own work, always remember to credit the original creator of the work you are using. You can even go and ask his permission first if you desire.
This is related to the above tip and is again common to those folks who tend to stick to traditional creative norms. Go out of your shell and look out for new ways to do your work. You will surely be surprised at you can come up with. Implementing an alternative method of doing your work is sure to create interesting results. Even a few small changes in how you do your work will give new outcomes. Look for new techniques that you haven’t tried out yet and see how these would improve your results.
Another thing that you have to watch out for is the so called happy accidents. These might look like nothing at first, but the more you look at them, the more they will grow into your liking. You might want to touch these up a bit to get the look that you want. Experiment while keeping your imagination active and try out things that you might find absurd at first and you will be surprised how your design will end up as a unique one.
3. Go seek the help of the experts
If you think that you can always come up with good design ideas on your own then think again. In order to really broaden your own creative horizon, it would be a good idea to talk to more experienced artists. Show them your work and ask for their thoughts. They will often be more than happy to give you constructive criticisms which would be very helpful in improving your work. Chances are you will also be able to get some nifty tricks from them that you can add to your repertoire.
Observing them at work is also a great way to learn from them. Feel free to ask questions in order to better understand how they create their own designs. You can also get sample works from them so that you can compare and contrast with your own and see places where you can improve. Copying their work is also not bad as long as you are able to make these designs into something of your own. While you are at it, you might want to ask them where they take their inspiration from. They will likely come up with many different answers that you probably have not heard yet. Take your time to check them out. Who knows, they might also be to your liking.
4. Stop and get out
One of the causes of you feeling drained creativity-wise is if you have been too focused on your work. This is especially the case if you have been doing it for quite some time now. Take a time off and do something else to recharge your creative juices. Having an engaging hobby is a good way to relieve yourself and replenish your head with creative ideas. The hobby needs not be related to your field. In fact, it would be much better if it isn’t. This way, you will be able to broaden your horizon. You might even be able to incorporate new ideas from your hobby back into your design work. Not only will you be able to learn new things from your work. You will also gain more confidence. This will surely come in handy when you return to your work and be much more confident with the results.
5. Turn the negatives to positives
One thing that you will commonly encounter when doing creative work are comments that tell you your work is not good enough. This is especially the case if you are in a highly competitive environment like, say an advertising agency. Instead of thinking about this too much and letting it turn you down simply ignore them and focus on the work at hand. Make it your goal to improve even without all the negative comments. But not all the negatives that you hear about your work are indeed negatives. In fact there are those which you can turn into something useful. Go through each comment again and see what gems of advices are within them and turn this into something positive.
6. Go against the flow
As have been stated earlier, those who tend to stick too much to the traditional way in doing a creative work. Don’t be afraid to go against what is already established and try out some crazy ideas. In fact, you can go on and create some weird ideas of your own for your projects. However, be careful when taking creative risks. There is a fine line between your project becoming a marvel of artistic genius and it’s turning out to be a mess. Don’t hesitate to ask a more experienced colleague what he thinks about the risk you are about to take and use it to gauge whether or not it would be work it to push through with it.
7. Just create
Often, your biggest hurdle in coming up with a truly creative work is your own self. Stop thinking that you are not doing it right and simply let yourself freely create your designs. And it would be a good idea to avoid being fixated on an all too specific creative ideas. As always, practice when you have the time in order to better hone your skills. Creativity is always about exploring and taking every idea into consideration. Do not limit yourself and start expressing your ideas into an actual design and move on with improving it once you are done creating it.
The guest post is made by Stacy Carter, a guest poster and technology writer. She covers news about PC software security, cell phone, Android and iPhone apps. She contributes towards Netspy Mobile .