Creative Blocks: How to Work Through and Find Your Inspiration
According to Henry Ward Beecher: "Every artist dips his brush in his soul, and paints his own nature into pictures." Any time you doubt your creative ability, just remind yourself of what you have accomplished, that you've been in this situation before and were still able to produce outstanding work.
5. Brainstorm with others
Creative collaboration is an asset. Whether you speak to others in the same field or from completely different disciplines, outside perspectives can get your thought process back on track or at least let you rule out what won't work. You can talk through the challenge and toss ideas around. And you get to build on the experiences of your colleagues.
When I worked at a bank as a graphic artist, I had the opportunity used to often brainstorm with my colleagues. It was a faster way for me to develop ideas because it helped determine quickly which concepts had promise and which needed more thought.
6. Conduct research
Have other pros dealt with a similar challenge and, if so, what have they done? Can you improve upon it? How can you approach things from a completely different angle? What is the background of the project and/or the client? How about the industry—what are some of the pain points, who is the competition and what is their approach? Research expands your view of a project and can set you on a path to solving the problem.
In my previous job, when our art director left the company, I was challenged to step up and take on all the design projects myself. The immediate objective was to create a stage design and collateral for the company's anniversary. Research helped me a lot, since I needed to consider the budget, design feasibility, availability of materials and timeline. Without research, a project has no foundation.