Many designers have experienced the dry season of creativity, but in fact it can be avoided. These suggestions can help you overcome it.
Creativity is a limited resource that needs to be properly managed and supplemented by the market to avoid the exhaustion of creativity. If we compare creativity to money, we need to ensure that it is spent correctly. But when the tide of the project swept through, how do we do this?
We often see peers because they ignore the “red light” that creativity gives them, until they go from bad to worse. You should avoid this happening to you, or your brain will be at a customer meeting, and it will take a long time for you to recover.
It is important to let ideas come through some kind of system, while paying attention to rest and absorption of the world around them. Here are some tips to help you circumvent or ease creative slack.
Make a sponge
Ideas should be like sponges, one absorbs things from around, and you never know when they will come in handy. This is not a complaint about the current contraction period. In fact, many talented ideas are thriving in this fast-paced, high-stress environment. However, when you need to complete the process from idea generation to implementation as quickly as possible, you need to understand the process of creative work.
Therefore, from the perspective of reason and self-protection, I learned to recognize the “contacts” that can stimulate my creativity. Some of the work I do may be obvious or side effects for others, but they can monetize the ideas and make my work more useful and efficient, free from exhaustion.
Will be the top
When I think about a idea, it is never limited to the project itself. I often give birth to wild ideas, regardless of their cost or practicality, and then return to the project. Once you have imagined the craziest idea, there seems to be more ways to achieve it.
Let the mind wander
Sometimes, the idea is that my brain was not born when thinking about this project. At the conference table, it may be difficult to think about a problem under the eyes of everyone, but letting you move freely will really help you think. There is evidence that fatigue can make people think more creatively because your stress is reduced because of fatigue.
Be a social person
The exchange of ideas and the rebound are invaluable. Bold out your thoughts and let you examine them more deeply. Communicating with another person can also help you to stop when your thoughts deviate, and avoid unintentional unconstrained.
Stick a creative wall
Pick some ideas you like, stick them on the wall, then stand up and see which ones fit your project and which ones don’t. Inappropriate parts can be adjusted or deleted. This has become a versatile way for designers to stick their work on the wall and think about their chins – it’s really useful.
Give yourself boundaries
I like to understand what the boundary is. For a project, I will first ask: “What can we do?” This boundary can give you a framework, and working within the framework can at least help you to take fewer detours.
Be good at asking questions
This may sound stupid, but I always do it myself. I have a list of about 50 questions, such as “How does this thing satisfy the customer’s needs?”, “Have I seen this before?” Wait. I am not only thinking about the answers to these questions, but also writing them down. If there is an answer that I don’t like, I will re-do the conceptual design work. This looks like “Transfiguration”, but it works.