Hitting the wall with designer’s block

Freelancing

After a couple of weeks happily being able to open up Photoshop and get stuck in, letting my creative juices loose, I finally hit that block. Designer’s Block. And I hit it hard.

Today, I’ve just struggled. Yesterday, I thought I was going to struggle to think of a logo for my upcoming freelance design company, but it just came to me and I was happy with what I managed to produced. Today my plan was to come up with the website for my new company and it just wasn’t coming to me.

Trying to work through the Block

I’d jotted down a loose brief for myself. What sections I need, what the purpose of the website is. Just by writing a few things down (with traditional pen and paper) usually helps me get into the mindset of what I need to do. I drew a rough sketch of what I wanted the homepage to look like. Time for a bit of dabbling in Photoshop.

Getting some inspiration

Again, I struggled. So I went back to the trusty Internet. Headed over to Media Queries and Dribble for a little bit of inspiration.

Finally, something helped! I re-drew my rough sketch and feel like I’m finally onto something.

(Just waiting for the inevitable to happen tomorrow – open up my rough sketch and decide I hate it all over again.)

Daily Email Inspiration

Design

I signed up to Email Inspiration a few weeks ago and get treated to some daily inspiration, first thing in the morning. Every day there’s something to make me think ‘ooooo!’ but today there was something especially ‘oooo!’-worthy to me:

Wilfred Castillo

It’s not the subject matter of this lovely infographic that grabbed me, but the colours – l just love its simplicity. Four colours, including white. Contrast and complement nicely. Can just imagine grabbing the colour scheme and using it on a website design.

Created by Wilfred Castillo. Go have a look at his other work, which is equally as lovely to look at.

Can’t recommend signing up to Email Inspiration enough. There’s a nice mix of photos and illustrations to gawp at first thing in the morning.

Inspiration: Text Art Showcase

Design

Came across this post – this post showcasing some really inspiring pieces of artwork almost solely made out of text.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Dalai Lama Am I Your Type? Type Art

I’m always in awe of amazing use of type. I’m really loving some recent kinetic typography videos I’ve seen (click to see them in their full-sized beauty):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4sOfO8Ei1g httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY

I WISH I could even think of doing something like that let alone actually doing it.