6. Draw from others
Trawling the internet is a well-worn tactic for boosting creativity – but you should look beyond the usual design blogs and resources.
Twitter is more than a procrastination aid: it’s also home to a community of designers and artists, many of whom post links to work they like or articles they’re reading. This makes it a great place to browse articles that have already ‘approved’.
If you’re new to Twitter and looking for great people to follow, check out who we’re following at
twitter.com/digital_arts/following – and follow us, too.
For something more far-out, Dino Burbidge of Digital Outlook (above; digital-outlook.com), recommends watching the online videos of the TED Talks (ted.com) – lectures by leading thinkers from around the world – “for a quick, mind-realigning hit”.
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7. Timing is everything
Several designers told us that without a deadline – even a self-imposed one – they can’t focus. Jeremy Jones says that pressure can force you to come up with ideas, while Diamond says that if there’s no urgency, creative juices won’t flow.
Or follow Emlyn Firth’s advice: the ISO designer (isodesign.co.uk) suggests leaving everything to the last minute, drinking gallons of coffee and letting the adrenaline kick your arse on the ensuing all-nighter.
8. Break your habits
Sometimes routine and complacency can cost you creativity. But how do we get that spark to think in new ways?
Jonathan Himoff of Rezzable (right; rezzable.com), feels that routines spell death to creativity and encourages staff to work from a different spaces – even just a park or a coffee shop – to keep them refreshed and sparky.
Designer Kurt Smith (welcometohr.com) changes one aspect of his routine each day. He says this allows him to challenge himself without even realising it.
9. Get sociable and collaborate
Not many designers would need an excuse to kick back in a social setting – but do it with the right people. Rubbing shoulders with astonishingly creative, go-getting types will raise your game exponentially.
Networking events for creatives such as Glug (www.meetup.com/gluglondon) make for rich pickings in setting up inspiration-sparking collaborations.
If you don’t have an event of this type near you, organise one yourself.
10. Sketch without your sketchbook
Inspiration often hits when you’re out and about with nothing but your keys, wallet and iPhone. If this sounds familiar, there’s an app for that.
“I’m addicted to Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile on my iPhone, which lets me draw with my finger when I’m, say, on the train or bus,” says After Effects guru Angie Taylor (gridironsoftware.com). “I love the fact it’s hard to control as it creates a sense of carelessness that’s quite refreshing. It forces me to let go and become more creative as a result.”