Growing up I always heard, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” But in reality, when you work in your passion, your passion can occasionally start to feel like work.
As an artist — in my personal life and as digital media director for Vanguard — I have definitely hit this creative wall before. The good news? There is a solution: get inspired!
Here are four ways to get inspired and rediscover your passion for design:
Change your scenery
Inspiration is all around us but we’re often so caught up in our busy lives that we don’t notice. Get away from your desk and, if you can, out of the office. Take a walk outside or even just in your building. Try not to be distracted by your phone and take in all of the details of your surroundings. If your job allows it, you can even take your assignments with you and work in a completely new environment — like a coffee shop or a park. A new environment may inspire new ideas or get your creative juices flowing.
Listen to music
Many people think music is a distraction but it is extremely beneficial. According to Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University, listening to music releases a significant amount of dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that gives you the feeling of euphoria, bliss, motivation and concentration. This can help clear the stresses of day-to-day life while also helping you focus in on your ideas. So plug in your headphone while you’re working and listen to whatever music makes you happy.
Find a muse
One of the best ways to get inspired in your work is to explore other creative designs and find a muse. Take time to discover someone in your field that you can look up to or are inspired by. Simply being exposed to other creative work can help inspire creativity in yourself. Take a look at some popular media collection websites (Pinterest, We Heart It, Dribbble, Fancy, etc.) to view other designers’ work and draw ideas from their art.
Growing up, we are sometimes taught not to doodle – but it actually has a lot of benefits! Doodling is proven to relieve stress, spark creativity, increase concentration, and, according to a research done by Jesse Prinz, a professor at City University of New York, doodling can help with big picture thinking. Often, people are caught up in stressing about the small details of design, so taking a step back and changing perspective can have a big impact on inspiration.