Jack Skellington is a powerfully scary man who, as King of the Pumpkin patch, is the best of the best from Halloween Town. But he has a huge problem: he is full of disappointment and discouragement. He just can’t seem to find the drive to scare anymore and goes looking for a muse that leads him to Christmas Town. Though I’m not trying to spoil the movie, in the end he finds that all he needed was to look inside himself to find his inspiration and purpose. Creative people often have the same problem; they face the challenge of dealing with discouragement daily.
Discouragement can come both from lack of self-esteem and lack of support from others. One will face harsh critics and cynicism from people who either honestly hate the artistic pieces or are jealous of one’s skills. Yet, what is worst than outside forces is the lack of self worth for the given talent.
Artists, designers, musicians, writers, or anyone who does creative things will find themselves at low points. They will land in a deep hole of self-pity where the light of creativity shines far in the distance and there’s no way to see a way up into the light. Of course, discouragement isn’t a complete low point, it may just be a little bump in the road. Depending on the degree of one’s sensitivity, any low can feel troubling. I feel these especially when I have a design block.
The best way to get out of that hole is to just change mindset. Go do something else like working on another project, taking a walk, or anything to give a new perspective. Tell me about your experiences of discouragement in the comments or tweet me @Fayeelle on Twitter
Inspiration is a fickle mistress, she comes and goes as she pleases, here one moment and gone another. Sometimes inspiration comes in huge waves that overtake you, and make it so you have endless ideas producing artwork like a hurricane, but other times its like a drought leaving you bone-dry thirsting for just a single drop. This happens to everyone, especially people in the creative fields, and it’s a challenge to keep your chin up and get the work done.
Here are some of the things I do to drive my muse
Build an inspiration board or folder of images for a project as you began working on it.
Take advance of Google and just spend sometime looking at similar works or random images that relate to the project at hand.We are lucky enough to live in the digital age where we have the world at the tips of our fingers. I like to have a board of colors, images, and sometimes fonts that relate to the feeling of the project. I look back at them for ideas whenever I get stuck throughout my design process. This helps me to stay on the track with my design, and to keep the same line of thought as I work.
Research the field you are designing for. One of my biggest helps is to see what competitors in the industry’s designs look like. I do this to see what works or doesn’t work in terms of aesthetics. I want to see what others aren’t doing, and how I can design in a way that is innovative to the field. Another thing is that the cliché, “knowledge is power” is true. The more you know about what you are designing for, the better results you with get.
Take a break. Don’t think of the design you’re working on. By distracting myself from my mental block, I can remove it or see how to proceed in my design. This works best when I’m just plain stuck. My designs sometimes just end up going in loops and I want to send my computer flying out the window. The best way is to just stop and do something else, either by working another project or just taking a walk. Clearing your head can do wonders.
Sketch or doodle and see what comes out as you set your mind free. I’m a big believer in using a pen and pencil to explore. Even if it’s just a simple thumbnail, there is a freedom on paper that I feel can’t be replaced by a computer, the ability to quickly jot down ideas without the worry of perfection seems. So just open your notebook and start doodling down concepts and see what you come up with.
Talk to other people or show them your work to get feedback. Sometimes a fresh perspective can lead you down new roads or renovate your current one design. Remember the cliché. “two heads are better then one.” Everyone thinks about the world differently, so talk to other people and see how they would approach it your idea and how they interpret the current creation you have. It doesn’t have to be other designers; sometime the best things come from different people, whether it be a coworker, spouse or even your children.
How do you overcome your creative blocks? Post below to share your tips and experiences with creative block.
As a designer, one of our challenges is to be able to sell ourselves and our work. You need to be able to market and showcase your services to create a need. This need is making yourself irreplaceable to people, showing them that you are what they need as a designer. One the best ways of creating customers out of your connections is an elevator speech. This tool is a short artist statement mixed with a qualifications summary with a pinch and a dash of a sales pitch all mixed together in a snug bundle.
It doesn’t have to be super technical, but really be something of a short description of what you do, as well as what makes you different from other designers. I try to highlight more then my design ability, focusing instead my creative thinking and branding skills. In your pitch, describe what you do, what makes you different, and then add call-to-action. The goal of your pitch is to start a conversation and get people to want to know you and your business. Here is one of mine:
“Hello I’m Erin Feldman. I am a graphic designer, and I specialize on branding small businesses in the South Florida by building designs that are rooted in the core of their identity. I deeply investigate to reveal the personality of your company and who your target marketing is. Using this knowledge, I can build a design that will appeal to your customers and drive sales and brand loyalty. Please feel free to visit my site at erinfeldmandesigns.com and contact me about my work or your business needs. “
Let me hear your thoughts, or post your elevator pitch here.
Design is a strange form of commercial art because in it’s not truly art, but a means of communicating through text, images, layout, etc. Graphic design is everywhere. From the packaging of your toothpaste to the cover of magazines, and even the web page of this blog, without it the world would be boring and plain. But as useful as it is, it is vastly misunderstood. Many people don’t appreciate the value of design for their businesses and marketing. Without the design, you wouldn’t be able to get the attention of your customers over your competitors, and would struggle to meet your sales needs. Your designs can make or break the product. The product could save the world by eliminating world hunger, but if you don’t market it well with copy or have ads that appeal to customers your not going to be able to sell it. Even the way the packaging is designed can affect the product, such as if it is hard to open or being able to figure out how to use, your product will be a flop. The real problem is the inflation of people in the design field. There are many, who claim to be designer, because they bought the software or read a bit online how to do it. But design is more then the tools you use. You may not have to be traditional taught in a classroom, but you need to know the principles of design, like how to layout and arrange things or which colors to use. This knowledge can come in many ways, from the academic learning in school, to studying under other designer in person or online, but somehow you have to learn it. Although there are some people that are just born with the natural talent, those people are far and few. In my experience the best teacher is experience itself. As my grandfather says, “the best way to learn is OJT or On-the-Job-Training.” Despite my degree, I have found most important things I have learned are the skills that what I have absorbed from working under other designers or with client on the job. Experience is the best teacher; especially by teaming with other talented designs, who if they are willing, will teach you what they know and save you from making mistakes. Besides the surplus of designs in the industry, there is multitude of people who don’t understand and appreciate the value of design. Many will try to lowball the cost of designs, or try to the get the work for free. Remember, you get what you pay for. If you start with a good design that is targeted for your market, you’ll find you’ll get a return on your investment. This isn’t saying that a small business will pay the same as a large corporation, but they still need to pay the value of the design instead of trying to use clipart or rip someone off. Overall remember your only as good as your last design.
The CorelDraw is one of the greatest online tools that most of the designers are using nowadays in order to design different things. It is extremely popular with the graphic designers. Whenever the graphic designers begin their way they often use the CorelDraw in order to produce most of their work. This CorelDraw has many good features which are extremely unique and popular. This is one of the reasons why it is highly recommended by all the graphic designers whenever a person wants to create something extremely unique. Now there are advanced features for advanced graphic designers.
The CorelDraw can be used in many ways through the different functions and features that it has. Altough CorelDraw has over hundred different features that can be used by graphic designers for producing their work but some of them are extremely popular. These features are utilized in designing of not only to create websites but also different blogs on the Internet. Apart from this these features are also used in designing pamphlets are designing material. Most of the graphic designers use the CorelDraw in order to create something for a personal use up or for professional one. If as a graphic designer you think you have enough creativity then you should go for the 20 best features of CorelDraw in order to create something extremely unique for yourself.
There have been a lot of new features and innovations in the CorelDraw and there are a number of top quality features that it has. Here are some of them.
The CorelDraw has one of the greatest node edit tool which is very easy to operate and you can do that on different objects. One of the other great features is the stroke feature before fill.
You also are many types of colors from the colors selection ballot and you can even choose your own colors while mixing different all together in order to create something new. One of the top features is also known as the quarter draw which as complex gradient fills. Another great feature is that you can easily choose the density of your colours by mixing them.
Not only this but one of the top features of CorelDraw is that it also has the option of handling different pages and layers. This allows you to bring out a document with mighty layers and pages and therefore you can edit them as you please.
CorelDraw is not only limited to designing a website you can also edit pictures and it. With the advanced edit options of the pictures you can easily fill out the details of any picture according to your requirement.
Printing is extremely easy when the CorelDraw because it allows you to print any image according to your specification because it allows you to have different sizes. You can experiment with the different sizes and review all the print is going to look like. Those like these there are many other features.
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Ever wait forever for someone to respond to an email? Don’t know what to do after a meeting, how to respond, or what to say? You are not sure what to say afterward, or what is the proper way to react. These are all things that are part of email etiquette. I try my best to be as respectful and responsive to my email, so that I can get the same in return, this is a major part of email etiquette. Because you don’t have the face-to-face communication, you need to be as clear as possible. This is a very large problem in communication, and is something many businesses and many people struggle with. Here are my top rules for email etiquette:
Respond to an email within a 24 hour period Even if you don’t have an immediate answer, just responding you will get back to them soon is better than not replying for four days. It shows that you are proactive in whatever you are talking about, and you care about the person’s business and the work you are doing for them.
Focus on one subject per email. Don’t talk about multiple projects in one email. This can lead to confusions and miscommunication. This rule isn’t for personal emails, just work related in general.
Sign your name at the end. Businesses receive so many emails each day, so try to make it easier for them to know who they’re talking to.
Check your grammar/spelling, or at least attempt to. I’m not a grammar-nazi, but please at least try to use proper English when you are writing emails. No smiles or slang.
Also don’t use emoticons. Remember, if tween girls use it, maybe you shouldn’t.
Summarize! Make your email short and sweet, get to your point, and be clear.
Always put what the email is about in the subject line. This way people can search and find your email in a sea of spam.
Just to clarify DON’T type in caps. No one wants to be yells at.
Finally, please for all that is holy don’t reply all unless necessary. No one wants to read your opinion on something they’re not interested in. Unless all parties are involved, please resist the urgent.
Deadlines are a horrific thing, or at least that is the thought amongst the population from students to writers to designers. Getting things done on time is important but sometimes can be terribly difficult to accomplish. It’s even worse if you find you are a procrastinator who puts things off until the last minute. I am a stickler for getting things done early and correctly, but even I have my deadline issues. Occasionally this happens that you can’t figure out what to do or you just get stuck. By the time you get started, your deadline had pasted.
Deadlines are just a part of life that can bite you in the butt if your not prepared for them. The more prepared you are the less likely you will end up failing to meeting your deadlines. The way I prepare and plan for my deadlines is by adding more deadlines! By this I mean I set smaller, more manageable goals that break down the project down into smaller steps. By having smaller targets I am able to meet my final goal because I am doing it little by little, and I can foresee what I need to get finished, and when I need to finish it. This standard practice was taught to me through all my schooling from elementary through college, and no matter how I tried to fight it, this method has given me the best results. My work is more manageable, and I am less stressful because I never have to rush leaving me more time to complete projects.
Now for my final say, I know these methods don’t work for everyone. I just tend to find I don’t do my best work under high-pressure time crunches. I like to take my time to do the best job with time to refine and polish ideas. Other people work better under pressure, and result with better work that way. You have to find the right approach for you.
Another thing, taught to me from my uncle is the 7 P’s (pardon the wordage on the 6th p.). “Prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance,” meaning just what it says. Plan in advance equals good performance and results later.
Let me know how you meet your deadlines, and what methods work for you.