Graphic Design & UX

The Thought Process behind Design

Tips To Overcome Creative Block In The Design Process

If there’s one thing we agree, it is that to design is no easy task. Sure, the finished product will look beautiful but only a designer and those closely involved in the design process know exactly how much time and effort it took to come to the stage when viewers can exclaim at its flawlessness.

It is for this very reason that a designer’s mind is often a labyrinth of thoughts and emotions. Let’s take you into the mind of a designer so that you can better understand the lesser known aspects of the design process and the thought that goes in to every design assignment.

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Writers have creative block, employees sometimes suffer from Monday morning blues, where they just don’t feel like working on that big project. Like everyone else, creative individuals or not, designers too are prone to those rare moments of low work mood. This can have a negative effect on us and the quality of work we produce.

Let’s take a dive into a designer’s mind.

  1. This design is going to be a winner

The beginning of a new project is always an exciting stage. Here, emotions are running high and you are probably feeling euphoric. Perhaps you are already visualizing your work in its completed form. This is a great way to envision progress and motivate yourself.

  1. Where to begin?

This is never an easy question to ponder. If you have the flexibility of where to begin, that is great. But, a word of caution: you should be prepared to be dragged in different directions. Several ideas might crop up in your head at this point. What is important is that you have a clear goal and set yourself on the right road to achieve the design you envisioned. Explore, but don’t get sidetracked and lost.

  1. Help! I need inspiration

The search for inspiration can be a daunting task. It’s often heard that creativity strikes when you least expect it to. You must know that you can’t wait until inspiration strikes, or you’ll probably be waiting forever. Go on a search for inspiration. You may find it in the most unexpected of places. Take a walk, visit an art gallery – a change of scenery might help.

  1. Nothing is going my way!

Uh oh, don’t let the doubts drag you down. At this stage you are possibly feeling nothing is going right. But remember, this is probably not your first time in design. You have done this before and everything turned out just fine.

  1. I’m not such a good designer

Each designer like every design, is unique. Remember that. Comparing yourself to others can be a huge source of creative block. It can lower your confidence and make doing your work harder than it should be.

  1. I need a new career

If this thought is floating in your mind, it’s bad. You definitely don’t want to sink this low. Think positive and look on the bright side. Thinking of changing your career is one extreme you don’t want to venture to.

  1. Wait, Eureka moment!

If you’ve reached the bottom, it only means one thing. There’s only one way you can go from here and that is up. It can actually be a good thing because at least you know the only way is up but that’s the only good thing.

  1. No one can stop me now

That’s the spirit! Now you’ve got some momentum and nothing can stop you. This is obviously a great feeling after the negative spell, but don’t you want this feeling to last throughout the project? Of course, you would.

  1. My design isn’t all bad

This may seem like a good end point but it can be deceptive. After the recent negative thought process you experienced, you make yourself believe that something you’ve designed is not all that bad. Don’t compromise on your standards and allow a temporary rough patch to redefine quality in your work.

Don’t sink too deep

Experimenting is healthy but only with clear direction, otherwise you may find yourself dipping below the line and taking a while to recover, only to reach that dreaded “good enough” point. Aim high and don’t back down until you are satisfied that what you have before you is your best, or at least among your best work.

The aim of this article was to conquer that rare, or maybe recurrent monster, we like to call creative block; and help you enhance your creativity and get inspired to complete your design projects making them score high on quality.

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