Fighting Though Creative Blocks

Hello Internet,

A few days ago, I found myself face to face with one of design’s biggest enemies, a creative block. As designers, we are bound to hit one sometime in our lifetime, but how do you get into one in the first place?

This article from 99U explains the different types of creative blocks, but all of them have a common factor, we are overthinking the situation. Whether it’s personal or work related, something is taking our attention away from our job and that’s a problem to designers. So how do you get out of a block? Here are some suggestions that I find help a lot:

1.Get away From It All

Whether it’s for a few minutes or a few days, sometimes we just need to step away, clean our head and come back with a clear head. Going for a walk, doing chores and even watching a quick YouTube video helps a lot, like something funny to make you laugh will help a lot.

2. Make a To-Do List

I find when things get crazy, making a to-do list and organizing your calendar helps a lot. This helps to break up big, haunting tasks into small, bite size chunks. This also will help with your overall stress and will make you feel more productive.

3. If All Else Fails, Deadlines Will Cure the Worst Of Blocks

Trust me on this! Nothing can get you out of creative block faster than “The client needs this for tomorrow morning”. You will be surprised at what you can come up with when its crunch time. I wouldn’t do this all the time, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

I recommend this great book that shares other designers, musicians and fellow artist’s strategies on breaking through creative blocks.

http://www.amazon.ca/Breakthrough-Strategies-Overcome-Creative-Imagination/dp/1616890398

http://www.amazon.ca/Breakthrough-Strategies-Overcome-Creative-Imagination/dp/1616890398

How do you get out of a creative block? Feel free to comment below and share with fellow creative folks.

Until next time, good day Internet.

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Books, Books, & Even More Books!

Hello Internet! I don’t know about you, but the snow here won’t go away!

Anyways, nothing cures a designer’s winter blues better than a warm Starbucks beverage and getting into your favourite design book. As graphic design students, we look through a lot of design books and I’m thankful that our school has an awesome selection on design books! But even with our library, its hard to find good design books. We all have different taste and all of the books are different. Some of them are full of helpful tips and tricks, while other books are filled with lots of eye candy.

So, what are the best books for students?

Here’s the list of recommended books for students from design-daily.com

I heard of a few of these books and we are using Designing Brand Identity as a textbook in school. I also own How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul, great reference book with a little bit of everything in it. Package Design Workbook: The Art and Science of Successful Packaging, The Art of Colour, & Stationery Design Now also look like books that I may buy in the future, especially the packaging one! I’m a sucker for some good packaging!

Now, let’s compare graphicdesign.com list of recommend books for students.

Designing Brand Identity and How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul are the only books that are on both lists. I heard good things about Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Grid Systems in Graphic Design by swiss designer Joseph Müller-Brockmann.

Overall, I think design-daily.com has the best list of books because they look like books that my classmates and I may use while the books from graphicdesign.com look out dated and not as useful for students. What’s your opinion on design books and do you have suggestions for good design books?

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Books, Books, & Even More Books!

Hello Internet! I don’t know about you, but the snow here won’t go away!

Anyways, nothing cures a designer’s winter blues better than a warm Starbucks beverage and getting into your favourite design book. As graphic design students, we look through a lot of design books and I’m thankful that our school has an awesome selection on design books! But even with our library, its hard to find good design books. We all have different taste and all of the books are different. Some of them are full of helpful tips and tricks, while other books are filled with lots of eye candy.

So, what are the best books for students?

Here’s the list of recommended books for students from design-daily.com

I heard of a few of these books and we are using Designing Brand Identity as a textbook in school. I also own How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul, great reference book with a little bit of everything in it. Package Design Workbook: The Art and Science of Successful Packaging, The Art of Colour, & Stationery Design Now also look like books that I may buy in the future, especially the packaging one! I’m a sucker for some good packaging!

Now, let’s compare graphicdesign.com list of recommend books for students.

Designing Brand Identity and How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul are the only books that are on both lists. I heard good things about Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Grid Systems in Graphic Design by swiss designer Joseph Müller-Brockmann.

Overall, I think design-daily.com has the best list of books because they look like books that my classmates and I may use while the books from graphicdesign.com look out dated and not as useful for students. What’s your opinion on design books and do you have suggestions for good design books?

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