Good artists copy. Great artists steal.
© Pablo Picasso
To create a really worthwhile and rewarding design it is not enough to be original and generate ideas all the time. Besides unorthodox thinking, a good designer has to be savvy and sharp to bring concepts to life and always be ready to grasp a new brainchild from the outside world cause the pool of ideas isn’t limitless. Moreover, artists must keep their finger on the pulse and follow the trends of contemporary tendencies. John Simoudis, the Owner of Simoudis Image Studio, says that he thinks of his work as containing many moments of magic, especially when the right solution for a challenge presents itself and the project achieves a newly found dimension. “I, as many other designers, live for those magic moments, when creativity comes alive”. True inspiration from a true designer but what should you do when it simply doesn’t come to you?
“When I see something awesome, I save stuff in a box and when I can’t automatically think of something for that particular client, I will dig through there. But … with that said, it is very rare that I can’t think of something or read a client” says Sherry Olson, the Graphic Designer at Sherry Olson Studios. It’s a fact that even the most initiative and enthusiastic people need a kind of a push to start creating an inspired design. It means that a professional can look through the work of art, understand the colors and lines, interpret the choice of symbols or images and grasp the message.
There is a bunch of design websites that can certainly serve as sources of inspiration as there is a huge number of work samples that combine all sorts of concepts, techniques and colors. Mobilunity designers advise to flick through such showcase resources as behance.net (free online platform to discover creative work where you can create your own portfolio) and awwwards.com (a website that pays tribute to the most talented developers, designers and promotes their work). Steve Forecash, the Director of Sales and Marketing at 4S Design Studio, confirms the importance and value of such Internet sites: “When we’re in our initial discovery meetings, we’ll often pick out a handful of websites that we really like and use them with the client to get the conversation started … kind of “look what you could be doing”. There’s a handful of sites like awwwards.com that are a great showcase of really solid design work.”
These are the most widespread resources but surfing through the Internet you can find a wide range of websites that are really worth looking through. Art-spire.com, Showmedesign.net and Cargocollective.com are incredible platforms for creative people where they can easily share their work and ideas of various design together with Uiparade.com which serves as a showcase od inspiring samples of UI designers’ work. If you want to get encouraged and enthusiastic you must see 1x.com, a resource with mind-blowing photos by professional photographers as well as Butdoesitfloat.com which comprises a lot of unexpected and peculiar but interesting selection of visuals. Our team of designers also use such portal as InVisionApp for creating interactive mockups and prototypes to show and present the design concept to the clients online and in real time. Of course, this is not the end of the list, you just have to search the inexhaustible resource of the Internet.
Another way to improve the process of creating is working in a team. Ante Kolanovic, the creative director of The Web Studio, states that “having another person to bounce ideas off and work with has not only increased productivity but also the quality of the work.” And this is surely true as joining the efforts people can produce original solutions with considering many aspects because cooperation gives the opportunity to look at the issue from different angles. “I just like doing it alone but don’t mind working with a group of creative artists” says Joseph Wagnon, the Web Designer of Pepe’s Studio.
Well, supported by the opinion and experience of professionals I can make a conclusion that true designers always have to look around and be ready to spot something great, be able to evaluate and apprehend it. Zoe Mendell, the Owner of ZoePDX Graphic Design Studio, says that she is drawn to notice what she likes about the arrangement and what she thinks could be better about every sign she sees, menu she reads, a pair of jeans she tries on. I should say that this is a competent approach. So, generate ideas, take into account experience of others and share yours.