5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CREATIVE DESIGNING JUICES FLOWING
An original design is not something that will manifest as if a spell were cast; the process of generating a successful design involves a series of trial and error and a number of brainstorming sessions. If you are a part of the design industry, then you will be required to create quality designs on a routine basis when your imagination may run dry. Regularly engaging in creative exercises and design thinking activities can provide very useful refreshment and keep your creative spots active. Here are five creative activities tried and tested by the young aspirants enrolled in the various B.Sc and Diploma in Design Courses at JD Institute of Fashion Technology suggested for you to rejuvenate your creative thinking and to prevent a blank slate situation in your designing endeavour:
This is a very effective way to keep you tied to the roots of artistic creativity. Under this simple activity, you need to translate one medium into another- sound, visual arts, literature etc. Here is an idea for your better understanding: Play some soothing music and gather your art supplies. Translate your feelings on hearing the music into a sketch or a painting. This will not only keep your creative buds engaged but also provide you an insight into your perceptions and thoughts.
2. Drawing a Storyboard
Storyboarding is a very creative activity that moves beyond external aesthetics to a concept. It is a fun activity that is a comprehensive mixture of colour and composition. You could engage with character development and experiment with the various stages in which you create and design the character. Another way you could carry out this activity is by engaging with the narrative by using multiple frames with each frame depicting a scene from your story. The benefit of this activity is that it doesn’t just motivate you to create attractive visuals but engages with your conceptual creativity as well. This is one of the best ways taught in every professional design course and especially in the many Diploma Courses in Design at JD Institute of Fashion Technology to make sure no young designer faces a creative block while undertaking projects.
3. Re-Design an Existing Product
Though this seems a little questionable as we have always been asked to stick to the traditions, in a field as innovative as design, it is very important to experiment. You could re-design anything- use other colors on a famous painting, add a traditional twist to a western piece of clothing or redesign a branded product. You can make changes in the colour palette, textures or the materials used in the original.
4. Naturalistic Observation
Last, but definitely not the least, Mother Nature is one of the largest sources of inspiration for art across the centuries. The biodiversity of the Earth contains innumerable visual marvels which would look incredible as part of a design. Patterns of clouds, fractals in a snowflake, arrangement of petals in flowers, layers of canyon formations and the flowing of sea waves are just a few of the enthralling visuals of nature. Many of nature’s species and phenomena are composed of patterns which can prove to be very appealing additions to a design.
5. Create your own Logo
Logo Designing is the key exercise in the case of communication of information. It needs to convey brand identity in an eye-catching manner, so making it a regular habit can hone your skills immensely. Your logos are also a reflection of your personality and choices.
The above suggestions are a great way to get your creative juices flowing if you ever come across a designers block in any of your future endeavours. Moreover, they also enhance your ability to turnaround unfavourable situations and to pose holistic solutions to any creative knots that arise on the way! Now go ahead and unleash your creativity!