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The quality that distinguishes graphic designers from other professionals is the ability to think creatively. Designers are best known for their design aesthetics and sense of identity development. Now imagine if a graphic designer runs out flat of this exceptional trait…what would happen? Just consider for a second that your creativity and resourcefulness depletes to the extent that you cannot think of a single idea.

A graphic designer without creative instincts is like a locomotive without an engine. Your concept generation skills are paramount to your profession and you must make sure your creativity doesn’t dries out. So how does a graphic designer keep his creative juices flowing constantly?
Here are 8 simple yet effective ways of boosting your creative level in the field of graphic design:

 

1. Do Away With Pessimism:

The first thing that we need to do as graphic designers is stay optimistic. We must learn to believe in ourselves and our ability to think creatively. Most designers fail to think resourcefully because they lose their inner confidence. They fear that they might have reached a level of maturity where your creative skills diminish. But the truth of the matter is…creativity has no age limits.

 

2. Be an Entrepreneur – Take Risks:

In order to try something new, you must be daring and ready to take risks. Much like an entrepreneur, who never shies away from challenges and is willing to take risk in establishing a novel business venture. Likewise, graphic designers should also be willing to take risk in trying out new and different design concepts. So don’t be afraid, let your creativity run wild and you will find loads of fresh and novel logo design ideas and concepts.

 

3. Keep a ‘Creative Circle’:

There is a common saying “If you can’t beat them, join them”. Another easy way of staying creative is by surrounding yourself with a ‘creative circle’. A creative circle would include all the people and associates who are known for their dexterity and design intelligence. It is said that man learns from whatever environment he is exposed to. Hence, make sure that your environment is a creative and resourceful one.

 

4. Always Keep a Pen and Paper:

Many a times, you are sitting somewhere and a great idea pops into your mind. But you decide to work on it later and eventually forget it afterwards. In order to avoid wasting your creative thinking capacity, always carry a pen and paper with you. Or even more convenient in the age of technology is to use your notebooks and iPhones to jot down the bits and pieces of brilliance that come into your head.

 

5. Make Mistakes:

Another thing that stops most designers from thinking imaginatively is fear of making mistakes. Their apprehension is that if they think excessively, they might end up committing a major error. But in reality, one learns from his mistakes. It is well said that “The person that doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything.”

 

6. Be Liberal with Other’s Opinions:

Creativity is not always inherited or inborn. Sometimes you have to learn from your environment and peers by listening to their opinions and suggestions. Some designers have a knack of not keeping an open-mind when it comes to other’s views. In order to stay creative, you must be welcoming and liberal to client criticism and feedback.

 

7. Don’t be a Workaholic:

I remember my early days as a graphic designer when I used to be an extreme workaholic. Being relatively new to the professional graphic design world, I used to panic a lot and work day in day out on my assignments. It used to drain the creative juices out of me. Hence, my advice is never to be a workaholic as your mind needs adequate rest to think productively.

 

8. Get Inspiration from Design Galleries:

Sometimes a little inspiration is what you need to get your creative spark back on track. In order to that, there is no dearth of inspiration spots on the internet these days. There are many sites like Behance and deviantart that showcase inspirational designs from aspiring graphic designers. These sites will help you get your creative engine running back again.

 

What methods do you employ to stay creative as a graphic designer?

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. ArenaCreative.com On October 26th, 2011 at 7:52 am
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    All awesome tips. I find myself forgetting to write ideas down from time to time, and yet this is one of the most valuable sources for times when you feel yourself getting creatively stale.

  1. Wedding invitations UK On October 26th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    2

    Thanks for the tips, i always find when i’ve got a bit of a mental block i just have to leave it for a few hours or just do a different job and come back to it, if i still cant think then i look at other peoples work as that can spark an idea.

  1. redcactus On October 27th, 2011 at 9:03 am
    3

    great advice, i appareciate

  1. Jay On October 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    4

    Great tips!

    As a songwriter I too have to keep my creative juices running. And when I’m stuck resort to comedy to lighten the load, get out of the block, and get in to inspiration again. It works every time!

  1. Adam Booth On October 31st, 2011 at 4:50 am
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    Great post.I always like these hints and tips posts. These are great tips for any designers to stay creative. The pressure of having to be creative every single day can become difficult. These tips can help keep the motivation levels up. I agree with all of the points in this post but I feel that ‘Always Keep a Pen and Paper’ and ‘Get Inspiration from Design Galleries’ can be life savers.

  1. Paul Jeffrey On October 31st, 2011 at 6:54 am
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    I agree, taking risks is especially important, as is keeping a pen and pencil handy.

  1. Bill McEntee On October 31st, 2011 at 7:48 am
    7

    Perfect advice for today’s first cup of coffee!!! In the age of constantly advancing technology, and a lifestyle of learning the latest and greatest software and devices, articles like this help bring us back to the true wellsprings of creativity.

  1. Signs On November 2nd, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    8

    I typically look around on the internet each day, multiple times a day viewing others portfolio’s and blogs to gather inspiration. I find by doing this, I’m always seeing something new and keeping my motivation up for the task at hand.

  1. John Smith On November 4th, 2011 at 2:06 am
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    I do agree with all the tips provided for a graphic designer in order to stay creative. A great help. Thanks for sharing such a nice post with us.

  1. Knooq Web Design On November 8th, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    10

    Nice article.

    Taking risks and being intuitive tend to go hand in hand. Tips like those above help refocus the mind, so thanks for that.

    For our part, we see inspiration in modern architecture and nature, among many other things.

  1. Richard Ball On November 11th, 2011 at 2:33 am
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    5. Make Mistake

    definitely the best way of working as long as you learn from the mistakes and even recognize you’re making them

    Cheers ,

  1. Graphic Design Agencies On November 11th, 2011 at 7:32 am
    12

    Hi,

    Really superb tips for motivation. It is very useful for me as i need it for a long time.Thanks.

  1. Motivation | Graphically Speaking On November 11th, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    13

    [...] nothing too exciting. However, I did run across something I found to be extremely interesting! Self-motivating tips for graphic designers! I would just like to list them as well here and add my own [...]

  1. Graphics On November 13th, 2011 at 11:39 pm
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    Good advice! You must follow these for you to be a better graphic designer.

  1. Shahrier On November 15th, 2011 at 5:03 pm
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    I agree with all of the points said above and they are all true. Finding motivation to do graphics can be very tough and is the key to good designers. Another point to put up there is to try out tutorials to learn some stuff or go on help forums to improve your knowledge. One example of this is http://gfxtutorials.com

    That is just one example but there are many others.

  1. Morgan & Me Creative On November 16th, 2011 at 1:35 pm
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    I think above all, being an entrepreneur and taking risks, allows you to understand the environment of limits in much detail. That being said, like calculated risks, do not be afraid to make mistakes. Embrace them, the lesson learnt from the fall is much more valuable than a decent pay check and 10 months of bonus. Creativity comes from everywhere, and sometimes a hard knock is all it takes :)

  1. Calendar Print On November 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 am
    17

    All awesome tips. I find myself forgetting to write ideas down from time to time, and yet this is one of the most valuable sources for times when you feel yourself getting creatively stale.

  1. Vinyl Rocket Creative On November 24th, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    18

    Great advice and tips. I’m a believer of “If you can’t beat them, join them.” I have a lot of great creative friends and working together can be just as rewarding as working on your own. Thanks for the post.

  1. Teen Rings On December 21st, 2011 at 7:26 am
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    Great Self Motivating Tips for Graphic Designer !!!! I think it should be really helpful to a graphic people. Thanks for sharing it. Please keep it up.

  1. Emily Williams On December 26th, 2011 at 6:08 am
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    Thank you for effective tips. From this moment I will always take a pen and some little notebook at hand :)
    to make your design process more easier and faster.

  1. David On January 30th, 2012 at 6:38 am
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    These are useful, reassuring and encouraging. Thank you. It’s good to remember to stay hopeful and to get some fresh air. The more you stagnate the more your ideas rot!

  1. 99designs Reviews On February 1st, 2012 at 2:02 am
    22

    Excellent advice, some very good points. Most of these relate to focusing on goals and strategies which is kind of the whole idea when it comes to completing a job.

  1. New Web Templates On February 1st, 2012 at 5:18 am
    23

    Wonderful tips you have given! Most graphic designers are workaholic I agree. They only focus on their work, without taking any rest. It results in a bad influence on his graphic design work and creativity!!

  1. Ct Individual Accounting On February 2nd, 2012 at 12:22 am
    24

    Nice post, simply love this. A very useful post for us. Hope to read more like this.

  1. TexVisions On February 12th, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    I work with a lot of top quality graphics designers at TexVisions. They seem to be creative and happy people, but it might be that it is such a great company. I think the advice about not being a workaholic and taking the advice of others are vital no matter what your chosen profession. Especially, in creative job environments the brain needs to be fresh in order to function at an optimum creative level. Also, collaborating with others can provide fresh prospective and help to generate new ideas. Have good day and be creative !

  1. bannerbuzz On March 19th, 2013 at 5:25 am
    26

    Really nice post to learn, i like whole think about this information, very appreciative. Thanks for sharing


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