3 Ways to Break Out of Your Creative Slump

You know the feeling… you’ve got a project due, or you’re just trying to work on your portfolio, but everything you come up with stinks of clichés and just bad ideas.

So what should you do?

Our advice is to get out of your comfort zone and do something completely different. You’ll find new creative juices starting to flow when you break out of your graphic design bubble.

1. Get some exercise

Fresh air always does the brain and body good. Add some exercise like running or cycling to those endorphins – and creative juices – flowing. Not only will you feel better afterwards, but you’ll find new ideas popping into your head both during and after exercise.

Just keep in mind, go slow if you haven’t worked out in a while. Wear a helmet if you ride a bike. And get some good shoes for running. If you are like me and have flat feet, you’ll want a good pair of support shoes.

2. Listen to music

The soothing sounds of Beethoven or other classic music will help bring new ideas. It’s been proven that consuming other types of creativity outside of what you’re working on will improve your brain power and creative flow.

3. Go to a museum

Seeing other forms of visual art are a great way to find inspiration. It’s best to see works of art in person – because changing your environment is another way to get out of a creative funk. But if you need to view works of art online, that’s another good option.

4. BONUS – Just keeping working

Finally, a surefire way to find more creativity is to just keep at it. If you make 100 pieces of garbage, that 101th graphic design might just be th winner!!

Good luck!!

Career Directions to inspect when you start out as a Graphic Designer

Practicing a career in Graphic Design you firstly need to learn the importance of having a strong message before starting on a design.

Studying Graphic Design you will learn the following:

1. Where to get ideas for your projects.
2. How to design for a target audience.
3. Design and organisation of layouts.
4. The basic design principals and rules or visual organising.
5. The secret of designing with shapes.

Here are 10 of the various job possibilities you will have after finishing your studies in Graphic Design.

Creative Director – You will manage a team that creates visuals for advertising campaigns, product branding and much more.

Art Director – You will manage and coordinate work done by the production artists and illustrators to make sure those projects are completed in the time given, and to the client’s satisfaction.

Art Production Manager – Managing the production aspect of art generation and creation while focusing on improving work efficiency and lowering costs.

Package Designer – Creating Packaging for marketing, including both the design and physical construction thereof.

Brand Identity Developer. You will develop branding identities for organizations.

Logo Designer – You will create an organization’s key message or value into a visual expression.

Illustrator – If you have an art, as well as a design background, you can create illustrations that represent a message, an idea or a story through images.

Web Designer – You will be creating graphics, layouts and pages for websites.

Content Developer – Depending on the information given to you, you will create written, graphical, video, sound and other multimedia content for websites.

Multimedia Developer – You will be applying graphic design skills to sound and motion.

Graphic Designers mostly work in studios where they have access to drafting tables, computers, software and tools that they need to create their designs. If you work for a specialized graphic design firm you will work as part of a team. Many Graphic Designers work independently and can collaborate with colleagues on work or projects with clients around the world.

What do you need to become a Graphic Designer? And what you do not need

A Graphic Designer is a Visual Communicator. Graphic Designers are problem solvers. They are given information about a project, or communication, or specific outcome that is needed. Taking that information they have to work towards that specific outcome, through problem-solving, collection of information, and analysing all the facts to figure out the best solution to get to the desired product.

You do not need to:

1. You do not need to be great with drawing. Graphic Design is a skill, whereas the art of drawing often stems from an inborn talent. Like all skills, Graphic Design can be learned. Drawing is not essential but it does help to work out solutions visually, scribbling in a notebook or on a large sheet of paper.

2. You do not need a degree. You can still do one, but you do not need one to start out. Many fantastic Graphic Designers never went to design school. They learned their trade as they go along, reading design books and working with more experienced graphic designers. You do need to practice, practice, and practice. Until you become really good.

3. You do not need to spend a lot of money on a fancy computer. You will be perfectly all right when starting out on a mid-range computer. It should have a reasonable amount of RAM.

Things that you do need:

1. You need to have visual thinking skills. Having a keen eye and a creative approach to problem-solving will go a long way. However, these are traits that can be developed as you gain experience.

2. You need to Specialize. While you are gaining experience through dabbling in all the different areas of graphic design, you should decide which area you will like to specialize in. Through learning and practice, you will find your specialty niche.

3. You will need a Portfolio. People need to see what you are capable of doing. Your Portfolio should include your latest and best work. You should keep it updated at all times.

There are a wide variety and a myriad of possibilities in career options to choose from when you decide to follow a career in Graphic Design.

A Picture is worth a Thousand Words in the Context of Graphic Design

The earliest examples of graphics known to man are Cave Paintings, Markings on Boulders, Markings on Ivory and Antlers as well as markings on other materials dated from Pre-historic times. There were no words depicted in these “Presentations” only illustration in form.

Visual Presentations used to communicate Graphic Topics

Photographs. A Photograph is an Image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, for instance, photographic film or an electronic medium. Photographs are mostly created through the use of a camera, which uses a lens to focus visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of a scene.

Drawings. A Drawing consists of two-dimensional diagrams that describe a place or object. A set of drawings can also be called, “Plans”, which can be drawn or printed on paper. This can also take the form of a digital file on a computer and is used to communicate building or fabrication instructions. The fields these plans are used in, include, architecture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, as well as urban planning.

Symbols. A Symbol can be a mark, sign or word that signifies or indicate and is understood as a representation of an idea or an object. Symbols allow you to be creative in linking otherwise, very different, concepts and experiences. Symbols can take the form of words, sounds, and gestures and is used to depict ideas and beliefs.

Line Art or Line Drawings. Any Drawing that consists of distinct Curved or Straight lines placed on a, usually plain, background without shading or colouring, is called Line art. Line art is usually monochromatic but can use lines in different colours. This art leans toward realism, although it can also be caricaturist, cartoonish, ideographic or glyphic. The Line is one of the most fundamental elements in all forms of art.

Colour. Red, blue, yellow, green, orange or purple are all names given to colour, a characteristic of visual perception of the human eye. The science of colour is called chromatics or simply colour science.

Any medium that uses graphics to aid in conveying or communicating a message, instruction or idea, could be considered as Graphic Design.