Inspiration Perspiration

By on June 27th, 2012

Being creative can be hard work.

So what do you do when you feel like your ideas are drying up? At Barrel, we have a handy set of websites that we use to stay inspired and visually stimulated. We are always on the lookout for great websites and designs we can learn a thing or two from. Here are some of the sites we use:

dribbble.com

siteinspire.com

patterntap.com

mediaqueri.es

thebestdesigns.com

smashingmagazine.com

When your ideas run out, it’s good to take a break, refresh and then come back to your project with fresh eyes. We have ping pong and snacks for that! Everyone in the office is more than happy to take a quick look and offer feedback – new perspectives can lead to interesting and unique solutions. We are full advocates of collaboration, which is why we use sites like dropmark to gather inspiration and ideas. Personally, I love to carry a notebook in which I can use good ol’ fashioned pen and paper to jot things down. I find that having brainstorm or sketch sessions is also a great way to bounce and form new ideas.

Besides these tactics, we encourage everyone to read, read, and read. In-house books that are recommended include: Design is a Job, How to Write a Sentence, The Lean Startup, Getting Real,and more. You never know when you’ll get an epiphany.

But really, the best thing to do is stay positive. Being creative means being open. No idea is a bad idea – it’s all part of the process!

To finish, here’s a nice Vimeo video on 29 helpful, creative habits.

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