The job of a graphic designer is to be able to take someone’s ideas and develop them into something new and exciting that can attract attention. It’s kind of like when you were a kid and you were the first one on the block to get a new toy. Everyone wants to look at it and often wants one of their own. That final concept is based on the design ideas of the graphic designer. So how does a graphic designer come up with those ideas. Great question! Let’s explore.
Life’s not a pool of Marshmallows
Weird visual huh? But really, the point is that we don’t live in a world of weird wacky things to be able to just immediately pull ideas from so you’ve got to reach outside the box to find that next great thing. If everything was handed to you on a silver platter, everyone would be doing it. You’ve got to stretch your imagination to come up with a great design.
Write down random thoughts
Every moment, we’ve got random thoughts that pop into our head. Some are constructive, some are inappropriate, and some are so purely random that you wonder what you must have eaten for your mind to think that. Write these thoughts down because, just like a building, you need a bunch of materials to construct that next idea. You may even want a special notebook you keep all of these random ideas for when you want to sit down to work, you can just get it out to look at. Another thing about writing down all of these ideas is that it actually helps your mind to get cleared so even more ideas can start popping up. It’s just like cleaning your house! (although hopefully much more fun!)
Never lose your inner Peter Pan
As people move into adulthood, sometimes the child in us gets placed on the shelf and we lose that foot loose and fancy free spirit that we once had. In order to be able to create great design ideas, you’ve got to keep that spirit because the imagination you had as a child is what drives great designs. Those pretend battles that you had, the tea parties with dolls and stuffed animals, as well as many other times that you just made stuff up. That’s what you need to be able to do to come up with great design ideas as well. Believe in the impossible to come up with something fabulous!
Believe in Breaks!
As much as most people may not think it, your body is a machine. It has electrical impulses that drive your success. Sometimes that machine needs time to reboot and re-energize itself. Therefore, you’ve got to take time to let go and enjoy yourself. Sometimes when we’re too focused on something we lose sight of something even better. As a result, taking breaks can help you come up with better design ideas in the long run!
Design ideas come to you in so many different ways that you’ve got to be able to let your mind digest them in the best possible way. Now go out and design something AWESOME!
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