Hitting the wall with designer’s block

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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.)


  1. Designer’s block, or any kind of block, sucks but then again, your final product will be all that much better because of it. Can’t wait for the big reveal! I am redesigning my blog, for fun, and it’s gone through several iterations, which began with colored pencils, paper, and a color board. Good luck!

    • It’s all about the different iterations and trying new things. Different things. It’s so easy to get comfortable in the same old stuff. Trying to break out of the box a little bit right now. It’s tough though! But like you said, will be worth it.

  2. All creative people have blocks, and one will come up when you least expect it. I often find that taking a break from it, and returning to it the next day with a fresh mind helps. I’m sure yours will go away soon and you’ll have a masterpiece to show us.

    • Taking a break is a very important thing for all creatives to do, definitely agree there. It’s just so easy to force yourself to keep going, but then the output is just not going to be worth it.

      Might just take a step away from Photoshop for the whole day today and go into it fresh tomorrow morning.

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