Whether you’re a web designer, graphic designer, or an artist we can still get a creative block just as writers do. This is a dreaded predicament when you rely on your creativity for your work.
Since moving to Germany last year I’ve been dying to try painting some of the gorgeous countryside I see every day. Now, I haven’t painted for about 16 years, and that was watercolor. I am really interested in painting with oils, but decided I better start out with acrylic. So after 6 months of bugging my husband to get me paints for Christmas I finally have them. Then the weirdest thing happened. Nothing. I set everything up, have my canvas, my paints, brushes, I watched a bunch of videos about how to paint with acrylics… and still nothing. It’s like I have stage fright. I was joking with my friend that I should just put a bunch of empty canvases on my walls so that when I look at them I see the perfect painting I want to make. Of course to most people I would look ridiculous and boring for having white walls with white canvases on them!
The same thing can happen in web design. You might get all excited by an idea or a project handed to you at work, but when you sit down at your computer all you see staring back at you is that blank canvas. There are so many possibilities at this point. Everyone is excited by these possibilities. It’s fun and exciting to talk about what you are going to create, and then reality sets in when you’re staring at that screen….or canvas. There are many things that can cause this. Personally I’ve felt the lack of creativity when I’m stressed because of time restraints or expectations from others. Pressure can come down on you from many different angles.
Some of these stresses can be motivating. I actually do like having a deadline, just not an unrealistic one. So, that’s one cure for designer’s block, set your deadline and then jump in and get started. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing to do at first, once you’re in photoshop and you’re building a mockup, and you’re thinking about that project ideas just start to come. If you push pixels around for 8 hours and still nothing is coming to you I would probably go take a run, take a bubble bath or do something to relax and chill out. Then go at it again, just start something.
I started my painting this week. There’s color on the white canvas, and I’m giving myself until Feb. 28th to finish it. Check back next month to see if I met my deadline. Also, if you want post comment below about how you cure designer’s block.