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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Design Thinkers 2013

Hello Internet! Let me tell you about Design Thinks!

Every year, RGD (Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario) hold a big conference in Toronto and I got the chance to go with some of my fellow classmates and professors. The event had speakers from all branches of design come under one roof to inspire designers from across the country. This is a chance to speak to professionals in the field, learn outside a classroom environment and get lots of free swag (Because that’s the real reason why everyone is attending)!

Throughout the day, I heard many speakers, but one in particular inspire me the most. I attended Austin McGhie’s talk based off his book Brand is a Four Letter Word and I was blown away from what he said. The best piece of advice I thought he gave was “Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, just come back in”. To this day, this piece of advice helped me with my projects.

I highly recommend this event to everyone, especially students and take advantage of student pricing. I also recommend if you can, stay for the whole event and soak up as much inspiration as you can. And for those who have an RGD membership, use it! Not only you get discounts on resources the industry used, but you can gain access to great webinars and resources.

What was your favourite thing about Design Thinkers?

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Design Thinkers 2013

Hello Internet! Let me tell you about Design Thinks!

Every year, RGD (Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario) hold a big conference in Toronto and I got the chance to go with some of my fellow classmates and professors. The event had speakers from all branches of design come under one roof to inspire designers from across the country. This is a chance to speak to professionals in the field, learn outside a classroom environment and get lots of free swag (Because that’s the real reason why everyone is attending)!

Throughout the day, I heard many speakers, but one in particular inspire me the most. I attended Austin McGhie’s talk based off his book Brand is a Four Letter Word and I was blown away from what he said. The best piece of advice I thought he gave was “Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, just come back in”. To this day, this piece of advice helped me with my projects.

I highly recommend this event to everyone, especially students and take advantage of student pricing. I also recommend if you can, stay for the whole event and soak up as much inspiration as you can. And for those who have an RGD membership, use it! Not only you get discounts on resources the industry used, but you can gain access to great webinars and resources.

What was your favourite thing about Design Thinkers?

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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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My Favourite Design Blogs

Hi, this is my first blog post! So please be nice to me!

And what other way to start your blog than talk about other blogs. I know, ironic. Anyway, I would like to share my favourite design blogs with you. I never really started looking at other design blogs until I was blogging myself, but if you haven’t you should start. Like looking at other people’s design, its good to see other people’s blogs. So, here are my favourite design blogs.

You The Designer

This blog is nicely designed and covers everything from wall murals, to branding and web design. I personally like browsing this site for inspiration and getting news on trending design projects and current events in the design world. If that doesn’t work, they have a freebie section! Photoshop brushes, vector images, stock images, and it’s all free!

Cover Junkie

This blog shows nothing but magazine covers, but with a twist! The site shows print AND digital covers. I don’t know much about when it comes to digital design, but what I saw was pretty wicked. The digital covers that are featured on the site have animated features that make traditional print covers boring. A must see if you are interested in interactive and digital design!

Designlov

This blog is full of cool architecture, photography, illustrations and design inspiration. The content comes from all around the world and it is current, and trendy. Yet, a fair warning, the site is written in spanish, which may be a turn off for some people. But, I can easily navigate the site and get a feel for what they are posting. This shows how well designed the site really is.

All of the blogs that I shared with you today helped me learned what makes a successful blog. Sadly, I can’t give you free stuff, but if my topics are up to date, interested and easy to understand, I can make a successful blog.

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My Favourite Design Blogs

Hi, this is my first blog post! So please be nice to me!

And what other way to start your blog than talk about other blogs. I know, ironic. Anyway, I would like to share my favourite design blogs with you. I never really started looking at other design blogs until I was blogging myself, but if you haven’t you should start. Like looking at other people’s design, its good to see other people’s blogs. So, here are my favourite design blogs.

You The Designer

This blog is nicely designed and covers everything from wall murals, to branding and web design. I personally like browsing this site for inspiration and getting news on trending design projects and current events in the design world. If that doesn’t work, they have a freebie section! Photoshop brushes, vector images, stock images, and it’s all free!

Cover Junkie

This blog shows nothing but magazine covers, but with a twist! The site shows print AND digital covers. I don’t know much about when it comes to digital design, but what I saw was pretty wicked. The digital covers that are featured on the site have animated features that make traditional print covers boring. A must see if you are interested in interactive and digital design!

Designlov

This blog is full of cool architecture, photography, illustrations and design inspiration. The content comes from all around the world and it is current, and trendy. Yet, a fair warning, the site is written in spanish, which may be a turn off for some people. But, I can easily navigate the site and get a feel for what they are posting. This shows how well designed the site really is.

All of the blogs that I shared with you today helped me learned what makes a successful blog. Sadly, I can’t give you free stuff, but if my topics are up to date, interested and easy to understand, I can make a successful blog.

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