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7 Things That Will Boost Every Graphic Designer's Creativity

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Aug 24, 2017 3:05 PM

Graphic design is a creative and technical field that is constantly changing. However, as technical as it is, it's just as important to harness your creativity to improve your skill set. To help you become a better graphic designer, follow our top seven tips below on boosting your creativity in your field.

1. Find Things That Inspire You

Being a graphic designer is all about finding things that inspire you and adapting that into your work. This is why it's so important to find things that made you first want to become a graphic designer and collect them to build on your creativity. If you ever run out of ideas, you can look at the items you gathered that helped you first realize your creativity, and use them to gain a more creative state of mind. One of the best ways to do that is to compile your inspiration into a cloud-based file that you can view anywhere in the world and keep all in one place.

2. Make a Few Free Samples

If you're just getting into the graphic design field, it's wise to create a few free samples of business cards, websites, logos, brands, or letterheads. Plus, keeping these free creative samples on hand can help impress new clients and help you gain confidence if you're ever stressed while working on a project.

3. Engage Your Graphic Design Community

One of the first things you should do upon working as a freelance graphic designer is joining a designing community. This can easily be done by engaging and joining a graphic design forum or following the latest trends and design news around the world. However, doing this can help you gain inspiration to upload your own work and get the necessary feedback you need to improve your skills.

4. Use Other People's Designs

It's never a bad idea to get inspiration from other people's designs. Although you shouldn't copy it necessarily, you can use it to alter a design you're having a hard following through with or getting inspiration for a project.

5. Use Online Resources

Online resources can mean both learning tools and design tools. For example, a lot of great information about graphic design can be found online in blogs. Many graphic designers have blogs that focus on their experiences in the industry and their creative process. As such, a lot can be learned from them.

You should also use services made specifically for graphic designers like templates, images, colors, and fonts. These services make it easy to create the best designs possible.

6. Attend a Class

Nowadays, there are so many ways you can continue your education. Often times, you can enroll in one class at a local university or community college without being a full-time student. You can also find an online course, a lot of which are free to take. No matter what path you choose, you will surely learn something new and hone your creative skills.

7. Keep Practicing

Don't ever stop trying! The more you practice, the better you will get. The same goes for both graphic design and creativity. Continue to sketch and design and some enough, you will be able to come up with more creative projects.

As you keep on your career path, you will become more confident in your abilities. You will then be willing to experiment with more creative endeavors and you may discover something amazing that you did not know you could create before. Only with continued practice can you reach that point.

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