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Dealing with Designer’s Block

Have you ever started working on a project and suddenly the creative part of your brain shuts down, left with nothing but a blank page. I am sure we have all been there and it definitely won’t be the last time either. Having designer’s block doesn’t mean that you are fresh out of ideas and should just give up. You just need something to get your gears turning again and sometimes thinking from a new perspective helps provoke those “ahh ha” moments.

Here are some tips that I found to be helpful when stuck in the quicksand of designer’s block.


Don’t panic!

That will just make things worse and doesn’t allow for hope in getting back on track. Anxiety leads to stress and all kinds of other negative energy. It is best to stay positive and to recognize when you are going into designer’s block so that you can necessary action to get back on track.


Ye of little faith

Take a few notes or sketch out a couple ideas of whatever was floating around in your head before, even if it seemed useless to you. You can come back to these later and reflect on them. I find that in some cases my original ideas that I thought were crap to begin with, ended up being be best work. You just need to have a little faith.


Take a hike

Sometimes, getting up and leaving the workspace entirely for at least 20 minutes or so helps to clear the mind. Remember, when going on this walk, try not to think about the project you are working on, think about other things going on in life or listen to some music to distract you.


Find Inspiration


After going for a nice walk to clear your mind. Get back to the drawing board and approach your topic in a new way. Do some research on your topic; you might just find something new which could fire up those creative juices again. I typically like to scroll through pinterest to find inspiring pictures, designs, and information about a topic.


Push your boundaries

I find it helpful to push myself outside of my comfort zone in the design world to explore new things. And if you are not sure about something or don’t know how to do it, there are plenty of tutorials out there that can help you. Sometimes approaching a project using unfamiliar software or a less practiced medium can open doors to a creative you that you discovered. Or it could lead to a dead end…At least you tried something new!


One Comment

  1. kmastran wrote:

    I wrote a similar post not too long about and I completely understand what its like to have designers block. I do all of those things to help me in crisis. I always end up doing stuff at the last minute and the pressure gives me designers block. Happens to me at least twice a week unfortunately. Your post was very helpful because I never thought to take a hike… I really need to try to just walk away lol. Thanks!

    Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink