As I was looking for creative ideas I found this…

Creative Tip: Go Looking For Inspiration In All the Wrong Places

“…Here are some healthy, if unusual, alternatives.

Use That Cameraphone

If you’re like me, the camera on your cellphone is pretty much just there for decoration, which is really a terrible waste of a good tool. Especially for creative work, things you see while you’re just walking around going about your business can provide ample inspirational fodder. Color palettes, layouts, composition styles, font faces and more can all be found out there in the real world, not just online at the websites of other designers you admire.

The camera in your phone may suck, but it can still handle a basic task like capturing the gist of a visual tableau. If you’ve got a video-capable phone, you might be able to catch even more, including motion that you could emulate or recreate digitally for an animation or other dynamic element.

Steal Your Kids’ Books

If you don’t have young children or know anyone who does, you might not be aware of what’s going on in children’s literature. Let me tell you, there are some crazy things happening there. It’s not just the current works, either. Classic titles too can provide lots of great inspiration.

Children respond to bright colors and bold lines — the sort of things that, more often than not, work well on the web, too. Checking out what the toddlers are reading these days can also help you get back to basics and simplify your designs. It’s like a homegrown primitivist movement.

Anything can be a source of inspiration, as you’re probably well aware. The fact is, though, that many of us don’t actively cultivate areas that are technically beyond our professional purview. Specifically seeking out alternative sources of good creative ideas will not only help rejuvenate your work and give you an edge in a very competitive market, it will also help rejuvenate you and renew your excitement about your career.

Where do you look for inspiration?”


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