If you’re seeking some inspiration, to help you create better art, I have an idea to share with you. It’s about something called design thinking. And it could be exactly what you’re looking for.
It starts with acknowledging that you’re a designer. Yes you. Now, this will either confirm what you already know, or come as a major shock. Regardless, the fact remains the same. You are a designer.
Allow me to explain what this means and how it can help inspire your creativity.
We often think of design in quite a narrow way. We think of graphic designers, fashion designers, web designers, game designers, industrial designers, etc.
In other words, we associate design with people whose job title or description contains the word design.
In reality, all of us are designers. Including those of us, who work or play with creativity, but who wouldn’t typically be thought of as designers. Here are just a few examples.
- The writer, who plans the framework for their books, lyrics, poetry or articles, is a designer.
- The photographer, who determines the composition and lighting of a photograph, is a designer.
- The dancer, who choreographs their new routine, is a designer.
- The teacher, who sketches out exciting lesson plans for their students, is a designer.
- The restaurant owner, who creates experiences for their diners, is a designer.
- The street artist, who decides where to create their next piece and how to incorporate the environment into their art, is a designer.
Now that you know you’re a designer, I have a suggestion. I suggest you spend some time studying design. Why? Because when you understand the basics of good design, then apply them to your own work, it will help you create better work.
Designing something uniquely yours
Here’s a quick tip, to help you enhance your creativity and help you look at design in a more individual way. It’s simply this: Start by studying how people outside your creative sphere, approach and use design.
For example, in my day job, I offer marketing advice via a blog. The approach I use ignores most of the norms of blogging. Instead, I’ve created a freestyle approach, inspired by everything from the design of jazz music and hip hop, to poetry and prose. The end result is something uniquely mine.
In a nutshell, design thinking is useful for anyone who’s searching for a new way to create. So give it a try. At worst, you’re likely to discover some fresh ideas. And who knows, it could be exactly what you’re looking for.