How to overcome the creative crisis of designers?
Today we have another guest post from Eugene Ignashov who represents the Candysign project: creating websites, icons, networking, programming.
Are these lines read by creative people or those who rank themselves among them? If so, then they are probably familiar with the times of both crazy creative eruptions and creative stagnation. I’m at least familiar with (we assume that this means that I’m a real creator :)) Stagnation with us, dizigners can happen for a great many reasons, such as hunting, a dumb customer, a muse left, or a favorite song in winamp ended. Each has its own. The question arises: “How the hell is it to painlessly spur creativity and creative thinking?” Honestly, I really think that we can somehow distinguish from the total mass of options, several that are most effective and affect the largest number of people.
For example, you are a designer (although most likely it is) and you have the same stagnation, and people demand and even periodically name them with the question: “Well, what’s there?”. The most effective method for me personally to transform into a combat design unit is, it is not strange, waiting. Yes, the proverb “morning is wiser” is true. Sit you suppose at one in the morning draw something, but you feel that, as they say, is not rushing. And there is no impulse, and stick out for a long time in one place, in order to bring it to the ideal, and so on. Those who studied in art or stupidly went to a circle in childhood, the teacher must have advised, at the same moments, to move 10-15 minutes away from his drawing and just get distracted by other things. Distracted, the image of the picture partially leaves your head and then you, so to speak, look at your brainchild with a new fresh look and immediately see what you did not notice when you looked closely at the clock.
The muse can also return when contemplating something / someone beautiful. But certainly not just beautiful or tender, such as young children, puppies, kittens or naked aunts, but “thematically beautiful”. Those. It’s nice to get acquainted with the work of senior comrades, colleagues in the workshop, those whom you consider to be your spiritual mentor, Guru and others. It is advisable to look for similar work on the topic, and not just look at the pictures. Right now, some probably think they say: “What is he hinting at, bastard?” Offers other people’s ideas? ”. I will answer directly and honestly, not crooked – no). I tend to, again, the well-known saying “Learn from many, do not imitate anyone.” Even the great ones, at the stage of their formation, learned from someone, drew inspiration from something, consumed something … If you have your own personal art director with a simple designer, you can also turn to him, let s / n work out. Do not try to go through the portfolios of high-quality web studios and learn from them.
Let me remind you again that you need to learn, and not to steal. Yes, the line is thin, and sometimes the worm of mediocrity just sharpens it, bastard: “Sopri, sopri, the Internet is big, no one burns”. The role of this worm can sometimes be replaced by not too conscientious colleagues in the shop, saying: “What? I always do that and nothing. ” This should include your designer pride, which each dizigner usually have enough.
Somehow I climbed the site of one “bird” known in the field of design and came across an article or rather a note whose general meaning is that a creative crisis can arise only if you go in the wrong direction, and it’s impossible to come up with something original and unusual. Unusual can appear only by itself in the process of work. Partly agree. For example, in the fact that an interesting idea can arise in the process, but I think that it can also appear by itself. Suppose you were given an order for a bakery site and right away, in the process of discussing the details of further work, you came up with the idea that there would be a thick aunt in the center of the screen with a plate of buns or something. It’s not too original, of course, and doesn’t attract a masterpiece of design thought, but let’s not forget that this is just an example and I came up with it on the go in 3.5 seconds.
This creative crisis can also be overcome by generating obviously not the most original ideas (something like a “brainstorm”). That is, just throwing some kind of working material 70 percent of which is subsequently eliminated by themselves. But, at least, this will give you a certain vector along which you can already go without wasting time. For example, using the same bakery, you can immediately understand for yourself that making a website in dark colors is not very logical, therefore, you need to do it in light or neutral colors. Colors are warm and cold, thinking about what an ideal bun should be like, you will certainly stumble upon the idea that it should be fresh, lush, and certainly WARM. The chain of logical reasoning can be continued further, periodically writing down or sketching up (as it is more convenient) worthwhile ideas. After thinking about the order I had invented, I came to some quite logical conclusions.