How to overcome the creative crisis of designers?
Today we have another guest post from Evgeny Ignashov, who represents the project Candysign: creating websites, icons, networking, programming.
Are these lines read by creative people or those who identify themselves with them? If so, then they surely know the times, both of the crazy creative eruption and of creative stagnation. I, at least, are familiar (we will assume that this suggests that I am a real creator :)) Stagnation in our country, dizigners can happen for a great many reasons, such as: sleep, hunting, stupid customer, muse left or favorite song Winamp is over. Everyone has their own. The question arises: “How the hell did you really push creativeness and creative thinking painlessly?” Honestly, I truly believe that it is possible to somehow select from the total mass of options, several that act most effectively and on the greatest number of people.
For example, you are a designer (although, most likely it is) and you have the same stagnation, but the people demand and even periodically call with the question: “Well, what is there?”. The most effective for me personally, the method of transformation into a combat design unit is, if not strange, a wait. Yes, indeed the saying “the morning of the evening is wiser” is fair. Sit you suppose in the morning draw something, but you feel that, as they say, is not rushing. And there is no rush, and you stick around for a long time in one place, in order to bring it to the ideal, and so on. Who studied in the art or stupidly went to a circle in childhood, then the teacher certainly would, at the same time, advise him to go 10-15 minutes away from his drawing and just to be distracted by other matters. Distracting, the image of the picture partially escapes from your head and then you look at your offspring with a new fresh look, so to speak, and immediately see what you didn’t notice when you looked at it for an hour.
A muse can also return when contemplating something / someone beautiful. But certainly not just beautiful or causing emotion, such as small children, puppies, kittens or naked aunts, but “thematically beautiful”. Those. not bad to get acquainted with the works of senior comrades, colleagues, those whom you consider to be your spiritual mentor, Gurus and others. It is advisable to look for similar work, and not just zyrit pictures. Maybe some people think right now: “What is he hinting at, bastard? Proposes to stranger ideas? ”. I will answer directly and honestly, without being distraught – 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, got inspired in something, used something … If you have a personal art director with you as a simple designer, then you can turn to him, let s / n work out. Do not strive to walk through the portfolios of high-quality web studios and learn from them.
Let me remind you once again that it is necessary to learn, and not to steal. Yes, the edge is thin, and sometimes the worm of mediocrity and sharpens, crud: “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 workshop, saying: “What? I always do that and nothing. ” It should include your design vanity, which each dizigner usually have enough.
Somehow I climbed the site of one well-known “bird” in the field of design and came across an article or rather a general idea of which is that a creative crisis can arise only if you go in the wrong direction, and you can’t invent something original and unusual. The unusual can only appear by itself in the process of work. Partly agree. For example, in that an interesting idea may arise in the process, but I think that it may also appear by itself. Suppose you were given an order for the bakery’s website and you came up right in the process of discussing the details of the further work that a thick aunt with a plate of rolls or something like that would be in the center of the screen. Of course, it’s not too original, and the design masterpiece doesn’t pull, but let’s not forget that this is just an example and I came up with it on the go in 3.5 seconds.
It is possible to overcome this creative crisis even by generating obviously not the most original ideas (something like a brainstorming session). That is just throwing a certain working material of 70 percent of which is further eliminated by itself. But at least it will give you a certain vector in which you can already go without wasting time. For example, for the same bakery, you can immediately understand for yourself that making a website in dark colors is not very logical, therefore, it should be done in bright or neutral colors. Colors are warm and cold, thinking about what should be the perfect loaf you will certainly come across the idea that it should be fresh, lush, and certainly WARM. The chain of logical reasoning can go on and on, periodically writing down or sketching (as it is more convenient for someone) worthwhile ideas. After thinking about the order invented by me, I came to some quite logical conclusions.