Real Ways to Spark Creativity

Real Ways to Spark Creativity If you are in any type of creative field, it can really be difficult to keep the creative juices flowing. You sit behind a computer for hours a day, and one day seems to blend into another. The problem is that after a while, you begin to become uninspired. You feel like everything that you are doing is either mediocre or boring. I have been doing a lot of work lately, and I started to feel like my creativity was dwindling. After reading a few articles online, I realized how little they help. Take a walk? Go on vacation? That doesn’t help me when I am sitting here at 2am  trying to come up with ideas for a new article, or an idea for a clients website. I can’t just pick up and run away from my problems and in the real world, we have something called deadlines. So, what are some real ways to spark creativity? Pinterest One reason why Pinterest is so popular is because people can snap any image that they want from the web and pin it to their own account. Each image is placed within a category, and you can make as many categories as you want. I love this, because you can search keywords and you literally have a supermarket variety of images and ideas, that match your keyword. It is like doing a Google search, but more personal. It is literally like having your own focus group that allows you to see into the minds of the average person. If your silent has a sleep comfort products...
Incredible Photoshop Work: Norman Soo 2

Incredible Photoshop Work: Norman Soo 2

The Photoshop Work of Norman Soo Part 2 If you ever decide to stop and check out some incredible Photoshop work, I hope you take the time to look at the good stuff. Honestly, there’s nothing more free and expressive that I’ve seen, than the work of Norman Soo. I came across his work a while back, and I’ve seen him crank out piece after piece in amazement. Norman’s Photoshop work has blown me away, and I’m willing to bet my Wacom Tablet that it’ll blow you away, too. Grab a cup of coffee this morning, sit back and prepare to catch your jaw when you see some of these awesome Photoshop paintings. If all of that didn’t blow you away, I don’t now what will. Normans ability to render light and shadow is excellent. The wide range of work he produces is stunning, too. He can create photo realistic work, but he can also step outside of the box and produce caricatures and fantasy work, too. If you want to stay updated with Norman’s work, you should check out his Facebook page and his DeviantArt page, too. He updates his work on a daily basis, so you’ll always see something amazing. In an interview, Norman said that he sticks to simple brushes in Photoshop. He does all of his work with a basic Photoshop brush. He doesn’t use any of the fancy ones, since his work is more about technique and less about tools. Which example of his Photoshop work is your favorite? I really like the horse with the amazing lighting, but I also love the Hunger...
7 Categories of Postcard Design Inspiration

7 Categories of Postcard Design Inspiration

Postcard Design Inspiration You may find it hard to believe, but postcard marketing is still effective – even in our digital era. Why are postcards a good way for your clients to spend their marketing dollars? Because they… Offer potential customers a tangible connection to the brand. Are short and sweet. A postcard message is incredibly easy to read and digest. Even if the reader doesn’t need the advertised services at that moment in time, postcard marketing increases the chance that potential customers will remember those services when they do need them. Are friendly. Postcards are like receiving a friendly little note in the mail from a friend. Who could not like that? Are low cost. Compare the expense of postcard marketing to search engine optimization, radio advertisements or even other forms of print marketing. Clients will save a bundle! Help establish ROI. Put a clear and specific call to action on the postcard and it will help track the return on a marketing investment. Now that we’ve talked you back into an age-old marketing technique, you probably want to know how to go about launching a postcard marketing campaign.   The first thing you’ll need is a stellar postcard design. And for that, you’ll need some pretty creative postcard design inspiration. Fortunately, we have just what you need. Check out the various ways you can use postcards to capture the attention of potential customers. Bold Use of Color Sometimes the best way to get a reader’s attention is to visually assault their senses. And to do that, you must be bold with your color selection. Classically Contemporary Are you...
The Incredible Photoshop Work of Norman Soo

The Incredible Photoshop Work of Norman Soo

Norman Soo Every now and then you come across an artist that blows you away. You see their work and you immediately recognize that they have the gift. I stumbled across the incredible work of of Norman Soo, a Photoshop artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Soo graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design. His work is incredible, from near photo realistic artistic rendering, to gestural paintings that are full of expression, Norman Soo’s work will make you stop and look. The other aspect of Norman Soo’s work is his ability to create fun, but still easily recognizable caricatures, such as his work of Willy Nelson. When you see it, you know it’s Willy Nelson, even though the proportions are exaggerated. let’s take a look at the incredible Photoshop work of Norman Soo.   Above, Norman breaks down his process over time from sketch to completion. You really get a sense of his process. Notice how his sketch is very basic, and he develops it over time. I love the experimentation with line quality here. The control over value really creates a sense of depth. The gestural quality of the strokes that surround the bull, plus the texture really makes this one stand out. I thought this was a photograph at first. The brush strokes all come together to create this unmistakeable owl. Not only is this a fun and cute digital work, the water distortion surrounding the dog is superb. Soo really captures the ominous nature of this character. The snake really appears to be slimy and scaly. Playing with values here, the expression and the emotion...
Unconventional Sources of Creative Inspiration

Unconventional Sources of Creative Inspiration

Creative work like graphic or web design isn’t easy, and trying to get inspired when a deadline looms can make tasks even more difficult. Everyone has their own ways to get inspired. But if even your sources of inspiration are in a rut, then try looking at one or more of the following sources in a new way. You never know when a bolt of inspiration will strike. By making yourself more receptive to new perspectives, you are more likely to come up with a particularly creative end product. Some unconventional sources of inspiration include… Food Everyone needs to eat, so why not turn it into an exercise to stimulate your creativity? Whether you cook something at home or go to a restaurant, food can be a great way to get inspired. Set aside some time for your meal and ponder what each ingredient brings to the table and how the flavors blend. Take note of the garnish and its arrangement, the food’s placement on the plate, the proportion of empty plate to food, and so on. Note these details and those such as color and texture of the food itself. Look for ways to incorporate these elements into your project. Television and Film Television and film of any era and any genre can be a fount of inspiration for the uninspired. Make note of the: costumes title sequences promotional posters sets closing credits Television and film footage can be enlightening sources for the observational viewer. Music A lot of people listen to music while they work out of habit, but shaking up what tunes you listen to when...
Design Inspiration: Where to find it

Design Inspiration: Where to find it

Where to Find Design Inspiration If your job involves creating something, whether it is art, music, writing, or graphics, chances are you spend more time thinking about what to create than you do actually creating it. Blank screens and papers are all too familiar to designers and other creative people. But just like writers need to read in order to write, and musicians must hear music to make more music, designers need to look at other designs for inspiration. We are visual people, and need to see beautiful things in order to wake up our aesthetic senses. Here are some of the best places to get your daily design fix: Designspiration Designspiration was created in 2010, and is a platform where you can share your own work, and look for other people’s in order to better visualize your own project. The simple layout means that you can easily move from one image to another, and search for anything that makes you tick. The site lets you search by keywords, users, and even colors to help you find just the just the right design and get your imagination up and running. You can create an account, and follow users whose work you like to customize your feed; you can also save designs you wish to see later, organizing a neat little collection for you to go through when needed. Inspiration Grid Inspiration Grid was launched in early 2011, and is dedicated to showcasing the creative works of talented designers, photographers, illustrators, and artists, from all over the world. The interface is neat and beautifully simple. The pictures are displayed in...