Every graphic designer has experienced those days where you just don’t feel creative. The days where you find yourself staring out the window thinking “I just want to go lay down in a big field of grass and stare at the sky.” Well, too bad, you can’t. There is work to do and you need to pay the bills. So how do you get back on track and start pumping out custom amazing designs? This guide gives you several fun creative thinking exercises that should help you get out of your next slump! 1. Stimulate your mind with preexisting content — flickr screen capture of bicycles You slept in, your eyes aren’t quite open all the special database way, you feel empty inside, and coming up with ideas from scratch is too much pressure to put on yourself. No problem, the internet is here to save you.
Next time you are down and out start scrolling through copyright-restriction-free images on Flickr or other public domain databases. Let the inspiration come to you. Listen to your brain cells and what makes them happy. Dismiss the idea that special database you are working, and just sink into a stress free rabbit hole of imagery. 2. Use preexisting content to generate new original content — fun2 The example above used Photoshop’s Filter > Pixelate > Crystalize feature. That was easy, and created something really cool looking. It looks like it could be a background texture for a brand identity,
or even a base for a poster. Now the gears are turning! Maybe I’ll start overlaying some simple typography set in white, or even lay further textures over the top! But wait, this tutorial is only about getting to the water, not drinking it. 3. Start going through all available digital effects and filters — bicycle sketch process If Photoshop’s crystalize feature doesn’t get you buzzing, just start going through the filters. This goes for Illustrator too. special database This is a fun exercise that will generate a lot of visual ideas without requiring much elbow grease from you at all! The example above uses Photoshop’s Filter>Artistic>Cutout. How intriguing these new shapes are! Perhaps a starting point for a bicycle symbol or logo.