Inspiration, Tips

Five ways of getting past designer's block

September 22, 2014 • By


Picture this, you have less than 24 hours to finish a huge project, you sit down to get started and stare at the screen just waiting for the creativity to start flowing from your fingertips. And then it hits you designers block, no matter what you do, nothing will get the juices running, the more you stare at the screen the less creative you feel. In this article we have compiled some suggestions for getting past designers block.

Go for a walk

While this might seem like an obvious suggestion, going for a walk is a great way to not only overcome designer’s block, but to also increase your health and energy in general. There is nothing better than getting some fresh air. Go to the local park or just go for a walk through the local neighborhood, once you get back you will feel much more rejuvenated and ready to get down to business.

Discuss your project with someone else

Personally, this is one suggestion I use a lot. If I get stuck on a project I will try to talk to someone and explain my ideas to them. Most of the time if you try explaining something to someone you end up explaining it to yourself and in that way working through your block. Furthermore, chances are you will discuss something with this person that will inspire you in ways you never expected.

Divide the project into smaller parts

You ever hear the expression of not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about giving up, but instead of trying to take on the whole project at once, try to break it down into smaller more manageable parts. Personally, when I am writing a review for a website or some other lengthy article I prefer to break it down into different sections, that way if I get stuck on one section I move on to another section and complete that instead.

Get some sleep

There is a reason for the saying “sleep on it” sometimes the best way to get through a designer’s block is to get some sleep and leave the project until the morning. According to research, most people are more productive in the morning than they are after lunch and in the late afternoon. If you are working late hours and struggling with a project why not give it a rest, chances are you will see everything with new eyes in the morning or even after a relaxing power nap.

Log out of social media

Yes, I know what you are going to say now, but, but…doesn’t that contradict what you said before about discussing your project with other people. Not really, because lets be honest the reason you log into your Facebook account most likely isn’t to discuss your project with someone else but to just scroll through your timeline in order to kill time. Somehow I just don’t see how looking at videos of cute kittens will help your creativity. So give it a try, just for a few hours, maybe even 24 hours try logging out of all Social media and keep it off, trust me you will be thanking me later.

Do you have any other suggestions for overcoming designer’s block? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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