Anyway - my question of the day is this: What do you when you need inspiration? How do you keep those creative juices flowing?
Everyone is creative - just in different ways. Developers use coding to create creative solutions to a problem, where as designers use pixels, artists use paint, charcoal, crayons, markers to show their creativity. Creativity can be subtle or screaming loud. How I'm creative is different from how you're creative.
But at some point we all come to a screeching halt, and the creative juices stop flowing.
What do you do then?
Me? I stop. If I've iterated designs to the nth degree, I just stop with what I have, submit whatever I was working on for review, and wait to see what happens. The worse thing that can happen is that they don't like what I've done, and I'll have to start over. Not ideal, but something I can work with. Maybe they will come back with more CONSTRUCTIVE criticism or feedback and it will spark an idea and I can move forward, maybe they won't. Either way, I've given myself the most important thing to get the creative juices going - TIME.
Creativity is like a muscle - you need to exercise it to make it better; but like REAL muscles, there comes a time when you just can't do any more. You need a break, time for your muscles to recover from running 26 miles, biking 50 miles, or being creative for 3 days straight. Basically, it's your creative side telling you that your "creative muscle" need a break. You've been thinking too hard on this one thing and you need to focus on something else, watch tv, take a nap, do something analytical if you were being creative, or creative if you were being analytical. Take a walk outside, go get some ice cream, fish, have lunch - do SOMETHING that's no way related to what you were doing before. Just stop thinking about it.
My go to? I knit. After pushing pixels all day and some of the night - I want something tangible. A finished object that I can touch, feel and say - "I did this".
What do you do to give your creative muscle a break? How do you keep it toned?