The Wit and Wisdom of Graphic Designers and Artists - Part I
In this series we'll glean some wisdom from industry professionals, artists, and designers who have seen and experienced the world of creativity up close and personal.
Some of the insights may challenge you to rethink what inspiration and design is all about.
Regardless of whether these sayings are humorous or serious in tone, you'll probably agree that they reveal some truths about the process and struggles connected to being creative.
So as they say in the restaurant trade, "Enjoy!"
How Hard Could It Be?
"Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead."
-Marty Neumier, designer and author
The statement from Mr. Neumier addresses two truths: design really isn't easy and design involves a lot of hard work.
Those who work in design or the visual arts can fully identify with "empty screen" syndrome. We stare, we doodle, we try to grasp a thread of inspiration but are stonewalled with the stark glare of our blank computer monitors.
Designing can be rewarding and frustrating all at the same time. It is frustrating because the time leading up to a graphic solution can be slow and difficult. But this can turn into elation in a wink of an eye when "The Idea" finally breaks through.
Inspiration takes persistence and patience. So the next time you "hit the wall," be assured that the wall can be broken through or climbed over.
Be a Kid as Long as You Can
"Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up."
- Pablo Picasso, artist
The kernel of graphic design inspiration is similar in this way--it is stimulated by our receptiveness and imagination in what we see, hear or experience.
In some cases a failure to be inspired is just a simple matter of losing the ability to appreciate and observe the world around us.
A flower looks relatively simple and plain until you start to look at it with appreciative eyes. We can be inspired by maintaining a fascination and inquisitiveness with the things that are often taken for granted by us.
We'll hear some more words of wisdom from design professionals and artists about their views on the topics of creativity and inspiration. Until then, keep on designing!