Having a Terrible Designer’s Block? Here Are the Tricks to Overcome It

Designer’s block is when designers run out of inspiration and can’t think even a single idea. If you’re a designer, you must know how frustrating it is. But you can do nothing about the deadline that slowly approaches as the clock ticks. Clients won’t accept any reasons and only care about their project getting done.

Don’t worry, you can get out of this stressful situation with these 6 clever tricks. So, what are these tricks? Here they are.

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#1 Put Your Headset On

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Try this: put your headset on, play your favorite music, close your eyes, and let your imagination dance. Feel the magic? Our imagination is a deep unmapped ocean with endless possibilities, and music always pushes the right button to unlock it. It’s better to listen to a song with matched vibe to your project.

#2 Recreate Something You Love

Oftentimes, we seek inspiration from other artists’ works. Their works give our brain a hint about something good and trigger our brain to recreate something similar with few tweaks here and there. Internet facilitates you to do it. Sites like Pinterest, Behance, and Instagram are a great inspiration source. Take a look at my previous article, 16 Graphic Designers on Instagram with Posts Worth to Follow.

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#3 Take a Break

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When you have designer’s block, you need to get out of it. So close your sketchbook, play video games, watch Netflix, or take a walk with your dog. Believe it or not, a lot of artists do this when they’re stuck. And one of them is Johanna Basford, a famous illustrator. “I find that once you step away from that empty page, you soon start to imagine ways to filling it,” said the coloring book artist.

#4 Relax

When our mind and body relax, or brain will produce ideas more effectively. Theoretically, designer’s block happens when we’re stressed. It may be because of deadlines, terrible dating problems, nagging boss, or other problems. Try to step into a hot bath with aromatherapy bath bombs for a few minutes. You’ll go back to your desk with dozens of ideas in your head.

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#5 Start with the Worst

Sean McCabe, a hand lettering artist, opens up about how he overcomes the designer’s block. Surprisingly, he suggests us to get started with something bad. We’ll naturally be drawn to turn it into something amazing. “Sometimes, starting out by coming up with the worst solution can help you overcome the inertia. The idea is to at least get started.”

#6 Modify the Ordinary

People always talk about creating something out of the box. But when we experience designer’s block, it’s impossible to do it. So, instead of looking for extraordinary idea, go with the ordinary one. Then try to gradually modify some parts of it. After a few hours (or less), you’ll find yourself creating an outstanding design.

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Happy Designing!


3 thoughts on “Having a Terrible Designer’s Block? Here Are the Tricks to Overcome It

  • August 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    People often want to come up with the “Next Big Thing”, focusing on big ideas instead of looking at the small details. A great way to come up with ideas is to start looking at what your needs and wants are.

    • November 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      great advice i’ll try

  • August 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    You have to set up the narrow parameters that you work in, and then within those, give yourself just enough room to be free and play.


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