While visiting Pinterest, I happened upon this article source on SEVEN IDEAS FOR STAYING INSPIRED: THE CARE AND FEEDING OF CREATIVE MINDS written by designer, Megan Auman. She says that, "Taking in inspiration is the key to creative energy, in much the same way that taking in food is essential for life."
Here are a few of her ideas for staying inspired that caught my interest:
- "LOOK FOR INSPIRATION BEYOND YOUR CATEGORY.......The reason we have a copycat problem is because when most people head off in search of inspiration to design something new, they start with their own product category. They head to Pinterest and search for the thing it is they’re trying to make. This is the opposite of bringing in healthy inspiration."
- "BUY BOOKS. I am one of those people that firmly believes that books should never replace screens......However, books force you to focus on really looking and taking in inspiration. There are no online notifications popping up, asking you to go look at something else."
- "GO SHOPPING. Spending time in stores is essential if you’re trying to sell what you make. It helps you see how products are merchandised. It helps you spot trends. It lets you observe how people interact with products for sale. And, if you pick the right stores, it can give you a burst of high quality inspiration...... When you go shopping, step outside your category.....You’ll get more creative ideas by looking at products and displays from other categories."
Check out the complete article for more great ideas.