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15 Amazing Android Home Screen Designs Worth Drooling Over

The beauty of Android lies in its ability to make it uniquely yours. This inspiring design collection sets out to bring you some of the best Android home screen designs. Click on the images to be taken to the creator’s original post or click any of the Apps/Widgets links to be taken to the Play Store where you can download the app for your self.


Marco Pedrazzoli

This Android home screen layout, designed by Marco Pedrazzoli, offers a calm and tolerable interface. It uses Google now sized tiles, a gently textured background, and fair amount of information that is useful to create this relaxed, yet sophisticated vibe.

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Simple and Flat Android home screen layout

Steve Bullock

Steve Bullock keeps it simple with his Android home screen. Flat icons coupled with the thin, white fonts and subtle boldness make a great look. The background he uses really just tops it off.

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Starry night android home screen layout

David Johnson

David Johnson created this stellar work of art. Using a simple background of the tall tress leading up to a starry night sky, almost anything would look good on this screen. He selects a cool folder icon and uses simple, white icons on the dock that compliment the starry sky above. The see through clock adds a nice, unobtrusive touch to the theme.

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Simple, flat, and beautiful typography based android home screen design

Juan Garcia

I like pictures of space (and so can you!), so when I saw Juan Garcia‘s post with this awesome background on the home screen, I fell in love. The clean, white typography again compliments the starry background and packs in some great information at a glance. The tiny icons allow him to have more apps on the home screen, adding easy app access without creating visual clutter.

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  • Unknown Widget

Google now inspired Android home screen design

Calvin Goetz

Calvin Goetz has created a theme that visually stands out and feels very Googley. He even goes as far to say “Now THIS is a true Google edition HTC One.” I would have to agree with him, post a link if you have seen a more Google like HTC One.

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Orange and texture based android home screen design

Luigi Vitali

Luigi Vitali styles up his Android home screen layout by utilizing a background and matching widget by StrangerWeather to catch the eye. The icon arrangement in the middle utilizes differently sized and spaced icons and folders, creating a pretty cool look.

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Very flat and minimal android home screen design

Leche Style

Korean designer, Leche Style, brings us this wonderful Android home screen. This aims to have a simple look while also offering tons of functionality. Leche Style also offers other awesome designs on their website, I highly recommend checking it out.

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Simple and minimal android home screen layout

Curtis Mayers

What do you do on a rainy day? Curtis Mayers creates wonderful home screen layouts like this one. A beautifully simple background accompanied by small and simple white icons make this a design that few would’t be jealous of.

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Simple space inspired android home screen design and layout

Pieter Uys

Pieter Uys brings us back to wonderful space themed designs. This one uses the UCCW widget theme that resembles a crescent moon for a cool effect. It also uses ssLauncher so that he can precisely control the icon placement to follow the edge of the planet.

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Simple and clean android home screen layout

Curtis Mayers

Curtis Mayers gives us a gentle background and soft icons in this Android home screen design. Gentle gradients, soft lighting, and simplistic design aesthetic make this screen something to drool over.

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Simple and vertically aligned Android home screen layout and design

Curtis Mayers

Curtis Mayers brings us a cool Android home screen design with this winter themed beauty. This layout puts all the focus on the background, utilizing a minimal white icon set and clock widget to bring usability without visual clutter. He also uses a transparent icon placed over the small house at the bottom, allowing access to the app drawer without sacrificing any of the wallpaper. Every detail counts.

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Clean and beautiful city layout android home screen design

Curtis Mayers

Curtis Mayers is at it again, creating another amazing home screen. This home screen design uses flat design elements all across the board. Everything works together very well visually, making this hard to look away from.

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Clean, simple, and minimal android home screen layout and design

Dustin Garwood

Dustin Garwood creates a nice effect with his Android home screen. Using a beautiful UCCW theme and a simple icon set on top of the blurred background is a cool look. Try blurring out some different photos for cool backgrounds that you can use with your own similar set up.

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Simple, beautiful, and clean android home screen layout and design

Dustin Garwood

Dustin Garwood uses another blurred background to make his icons and widgets pop. This home screen setup uses the UCCW skin for the weather as his last theme and he is also using the rounded version of the icons.

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Simple, beautiful, and clean typography based Android home screen layout and design

Debra Oatman

Debra Oatman uses transparency and minimalism everywhere on this Android home screen design. She even goes as far as to use Tasker to gorgeously display phone and text information.

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If you know what any of the apps that are unknown are called, please let me know in the comments and I will be sure to update it in the article.

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Geometric Art Design Inspiration

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What Is Geometric Art?

Modern geometric art is a kind of art that focuses on using basic geometry to create or compliment an image. The simple shapes can be combined, multiplied, and styled to create some pretty jaw dropping effects. While the style is similar to polygonal art, it still maintains and demands its own identity.

Minimal Design Geometric Art

This is a collection of minimal design coupled with geometric art. These illustrations are all done by graphic designer Jaime Romero. You can find more of his samples over at weandthecolor.com.

minimal design geometric art
minimal design geometric art
minimal design geometric art

Oh My God, It’s Geometric Art!

Polygon art worthy of the gods themselves. These recreated gods are a pretty cool demonstration of what can be done with polygon art, showing off fun visuals without too many details.

mythical gods and goddesses recreate as polygonal geometric art
mythical gods and goddesses recreate as polygonal geometric art
mythical gods and goddesses recreate as polygonal geometric art

Andy Gilmore’s Abstract Geometric Art

Artist Andy Gilmore takes his shapes seriously. Most of his artwork is composed of simple geometric shapes organized by symmetry and is brilliantly colored.

abstract geometric art by Andy Gilmore
abstract geometric art by Andy Gilmore
abstract geometric art by Andy Gilmore
abstract geometric art by Andy Gilmore
abstract geometric art by Andy Gilmore

Rob Baily’s Geometric Art

Designer Rob Baily focuses his geometric and polygon art on animals and humans.

Rob Bailey geometric animal art

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Rob Bailey geometric art of a vikings ready to fight
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Kasper Pyndt Abstract Geometric Art

This next set of beautiful geometric designs are done by design student Kasper Pyndt. This collection of art takes on a more abstract form, but is absolutely gorgeous nonetheless.

abstract geometrical artwork by Kasper Pyndt
abstract geometrical artwork by Kasper Pyndt
abstract geometrical artwork by Kasper Pyndt
abstract geometrical artwork by Kasper Pyndt

Geometrical Tattoo Art

Why should geometric art be limited to computer screens and framed canvases? These guys take geometrical art with them every where they go.

tattoo with geometric art
tattoo with geometric art
tattoo with geometric art
tattoo with geometric art

Ronit Shwartz’s Nature Inspired Geometric Art

Israeli artist and mother, Ronit Shwartz gives us a taste of man made geometrical design coupled with nature. This perfect compliment led to a really creative design solution for us to drop our jaws at.

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Tadaomi Shibuya’s Stunning Geometric Art

Japanese artist Tadaomi Shibuya has created some of the most breathtaking a amazing looking geometric artwork the world has ever seen. You can find more of his work here.

stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya
stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya
stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya
stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya
stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya
stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya
stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya
stunning geometric art by Tadaomi Shibuya

Bright, Fun, And Colorful Geometric Artwork By Morgan’s Robot

The artist that goes by the pen name Morgan’s Robot has created some really great looking artwork. She does a lot of design work that is inspired by geometry, and looks really interesting. I highly recomend that you check out more of her design work here.

bright and colorful geometric design

Pablo Abad’s “New Futurism” & Other Geometric Artwork

Art Director & Graphic Designer Pablo Abad from Spain really knows how to play with simplicity and patterns. He explores many different kinds of subject matter, but he still maintains this clean, shape based, and repetitive patterns that create shapes in and of themselves. He is a brilliant designer, you can see how he can even carry out his style beautifully in a magazine from page to page without overdoing it.

geometric and symmetrical pattern based art by pablo abad
geometric and symmetrical pattern based art by pablo abad
New Futurism design and artwork by Pablo Abad
New Futurism design and artwork by Pablo Abad

Vicente Mora Scoler’s Artwork

This kind of artwork is not what Vicente usually does to pay the bills (he has another style for that), this is the kind of artwork that he does to feel free and creative. The kind of work that you just let devour and consume you, and this is the result.

stunning geometric artwork
stunning geometric artwork

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Best Sites To Host Your Design Portfolio For Free

So you want to get your name out there, and what better way as a broke college student than with a free site to host all of your work! Here are 13 of the best free portfolio hosting sites out on the web.

DeviantArt

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Behance

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Carbon Made

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Coroflot

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Illy Pads

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Krop

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Shadowness

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Fig Dig

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Shown’d

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Flikr

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Tumblr

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Picasa

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Now that you know where you can host your portfolio for free, how do you make it awesome? Try these great articles from Smashing Magazine:

Need a little inspiration to get you going? Try this.

Post any other sites that you use in the comments below and I might add them to the list. Also, let us know which ones you have tried and which ones you think work the best.

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What Is Good Design?

Photo credit: Clear Studios
Photo credit: Clear Studios
Today, I was finally able to put into words what I think defines good design. After years of having an idea of what I thought might be considered good design, I have discovered that I was close but not quite right. Following that and years of creating my own designs for myself, for school, and for clients, I have further narrowed it down. Today, while working on a personal branding project for school, I had one of those aha! moments where it all seemed so clear to me.

I realized that there is no true definition for what good design really is, there are just to many possibilities and personal interpretations. I did find tough, that you can define the elements that describe good design. I can break this down into three simple categories.

It must be aesthetically pleasing.

This is probably the hardest part to define since there is such a wide variation of human interpretation of what is aesthetically pleasing. There are many ways to make something “look good” but there are many more things that go into it than just making it look good to the creators eye. Everyone has their own unique experience and associations with things that can make this a difficult task to accomplish effectively. I, for one, am a huge fan of Swiss style design (this probably has something to do with the fact that I went to Kent State), I can’t get enough of the very thoughtful simplicity that it utilizes. However, I know that I have many friends that find a lot of swiss style designs to be boring, which breaks my heart to hear. That is all part of their experience and opinion though, and as designers we must be highly aware of this. Clients often try to talk me into a certain style of design for their projects, and I try to talk them out of it to make something that is actually receptive to their target audience. Since the “look” and “feel” of the design is one of the first things noticed, this step is significantly important and vital for the creation of a good design.

Clear Communication.

Now that you have their attention through the aesthetic look of the design, what are you going to tell them? If your design does not clearly communicate the idea or the facts across to the viewer in a way that is well received, you have failed at creating a good design. It does not matter if you only use a headline and a visual, or if you create an entire page full of text, the message needs to get across to the viewer and the target market in a way that they can understand. This doesn’t mean that you have to be completely straightforward with them, but it does mean that they have to understand or at least want to understand your message.

Create the desired reaction.

The end result of all designs is to get the viewer or experiencer to do something, there must be a relatively (if not obviously) clear call to action. If it is a PSA that is purely meant to make you think about the way you do something, or why you do it in the first place, then that must be what your design does. If the piece was meant to get people to sign up for your newsletter, then your design must use the first two steps to get the viewer to take that next step and sign up for your newsletter. This is the end result, the entire reason you set out to create the design in the first place. You must utilize the first two essentials of what makes for good design to get the third and final piece to work properly.

Any of these given steps on their own is useless without the others. Generally, if you are missing one the first two points then you will miss the last point (call to action). For instance, you cannot create a design that looks good, communicates poorly, and creates the desired reaction. If the viewer doesn’t understand what you are communicating to them then surely they cannot respond the way that you intended them to. You must utilize all three aspects to create something that can be truly considered a good design. There is also no one right or wrong way to go about fulfilling these three criteria. You can create all sorts of design styles and looks that you want and they can each be effective in the right circumstances. You can choose many different variations on the way you choose to communicate.

These are simply my criteria for what good design is and ought to be. After a thoughtful process over a good period of time, I have come to these conclusions mostly on my own accord. I have been taught how to design things, or how to make things aesthetically pleasing, or communicate my ideas well, but I have never been formally taught what makes good design or how to create it. I hope that you have found this article to at least open your eyes or make you think about what good design is, even if you disagree with my own conclusions or terminology.

What are your thoughts on what makes a good design? Do you agree or disagree with any of my points?

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You Aren’t Original And No One Cares

There is one thing that I learned very early on as a designer and as a person, nothing is original. We have never and will never create something that is truly original. All we are able to do is steal from one another and add our own experiences or modifications to whatever it may be. We are all thieves of each other. It’s not your fault, it’s just the nature of the way the world works. Everything in nature steals from each other, and as an artist, you need to learn not to fear this but rather how to embrace it.

“Originality is the art of concealing your sources” – Benjamin Franklin

Stealing Isn’t Always Wrong

In order for you to fully understand this, you must place your negative connotations with the word “stealing” to rest. It is simply a word and it means nothing more than the meaning you give to it. Understand that stealing can be both good and bad. Think about it.

Everything that has ever been created is a result of stealing. This pattern repeats its self over and over again in nature. At the atomic level, atoms are constantly stealing protons from one another. When a baby is created it steals DNA patterns from the parents. We wouldn’t have life here on earth if we didn’t steal energy from the sun. Stealing is a powerful and essential part of nature. Different industries try to disguise the fact they are stealing by using fancy or fabricated words to cover up their thieving actions. In the journalism and writing world, they often call it research. In the design world, we often say we are finding inspiration. But in reality, it is just stealing.

“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.” -Steven Wright

Even this beautiful quote was stolen.

Every idea you have ever had is a combination of ideas that you stole from other people or things. What we think originality is isn’t quite right, originality is actually just a new combination/modification of stolen entities.

So Now What?

Now you must learn to embrace and utilize your inner thief. Steal from everything you can. As a designer, I like to steal from a variety of places that inspire me. I steal from other designs that I love, I steal from TV, I steal from beauty that I see in nature, I steal from my friends, I steal ideas, concepts, and any other non-physical things that I possibly can so that when I regurgitate them they seem to be original.

Be A Thief With A Heart

Keep in mind, that just like in high school, you can only steal so much from one place before you will be accused of stealing or plagiarism. So make sure that you vary the ingredients in your recipe or else people will know they are eating something else that they have already had. Give credit where credit is due, don’t blatantly take a piece of someone else’s pie without asking or giving them a slice in return. Also, don’t become lazy when it comes to creating your own designs, writings, or whatever else you are working on. What I mean by this is avoid just copy and pasting everything you see and putting your name on it, try to create your own work, just understand that you can’t be 100% original.

I feel like many people will misinterpret this post because they can’t leave behind their negative connotations with the word “stealing” when they read this, but I hope that at least a few of you will understand the true significance of what is being said here.

What are your thoughts on creating original work and stealing from others? Leave your comments below!

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Get Clients To Take You Seriously As A Professional Design Student

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As a design student myself, I understand the frustrations students can have with getting clients to take us seriously. So often, they want you to do a project for free (which you should if you don’t have a solid portfolio) and then add more and more to the project to the point that it never seems to end. It’s not fair for them to expect so much for nothing. So how do you get these clients to treat you more like a professional, and pay you?

Have professional work.

This means that, at first, you need to take those free projects that we are trying to avoid. Also, take advantage of the projects you do in school and make sure all of your work is top notch. Talk with your teacher and see if you can do something slightly different in order to fill a void or add more work to a certain style of work you want in your portfolio. Most teachers in a design school will be willing to let you do this, just ask. Partner up with other students at your school who can bring something else to the table. If you are great at making designs and layouts, but not so good at crafting beautiful headlines, team up with another student who is great at making copy and headlines. Doing this will help both of you out, and can often lead to more, and better, work in both of your portfolios as you bounce ideas off of one another.

Take yourself seriously.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “fake it till you make it?” Well, faking or fooling people into thinking you are a worthy designer is certainly not a good idea and you will get exposed for it. The lesson to take from this is to know that while in the beginning, when you are getting your first paying clients, it’s ok to pretend (a little) like it isn’t your first time. Doing this will often help ease the clients mind, and it should help make everything run smoother for you.

Act professional.

This means dressing appropriately for a client meeting. Sure, some clients won’t mind if you show up at the local sandwich joint wearing some ripped jeans and band t-shirt, but many would likely prefer you to show up at the local Starbucks wearing a nice pair of pants and button up shirt. Make sure you know your client and what kind of demeanor they are going to expect, this will help you start things off in the right direction. Once you get passed the initial handshake, your stunningly good looks won’t be able to get you through the rest of the meeting. Make sure you speak professionally when talking with your clients, this is not a game of Halo 3 online where you can say whatever you feel like at the moment. Know the industry lingo, but also know that your client won’t know everything (or anything) that you are saying to them and be prepared to simplify what you mean. Do your research before the meeting and try to come up with answers ahead of time for any questions you think your client might have.

Business Cards.

These are something that can really make your client feel like you aren’t a just a student, but rather, a professional designer who takes themselves seriously. How many students do you know with business cards? Probably not many. How many professionals do you know with business cards? Just about all of them. It may seem like something so little and insignificant, but it really can help you make your impact on the client. Make sure you include at least the basic information on your business cards such as your name, phone number, and email. As design students, I would recommend that you do something extra to really spice up your business card and leave an impression.

Show them the goods.

This means create a good-looking portfolio site. You spent all that time making all that great work, now you need to show the world! Well, let’s at least make sure we show your (potential) clients first. If you know web design and some coding, I really recommend that you build your own site, it’s another portfolio piece that doubles as your portfolio. If you are a student that doesn’t know much about web design, I suggest that you network through your school and find someone that can help build you a worthy site. If you aren’t someone who is web savvy and you can’t find another student that’s willing to help you, it’s ok, just make sure that you find a good template to work with. Also, instead of making your own site you could try sites such as Behance or deviantART. Remember this is where a lot of your clients and potential clients are going to judge you as a designer, so make sure that your site shows off your work in the best possible way. Your site should have an about section as well as a contact page with a simple contact form. Doing this can really help reassure your clients that you are the right pick and it makes it easy for them to get a hold of you to take the next step.

Use questionnaires.

Send these to your clients before you start working on your projects. It saves you a bunch of time doing research, and it helps the client really think about what they want. Asking the right questions can show the client that you are taking the project seriously and can help convey that you actually care about what you are doing in a professional manor.

Contracts.

These can be your lifesaver. Do you remember those clients who love to add on more requirements as the projects go on just because you are doing free work? Well, having a contract can help save you from having to deal with that, or at least make sure that you are getting compensated for it. Having a contract lets your client know that you are serious and you mean business.

Charge appropriately.

Since you are just starting out, realize that you aren’t going to make the big bucks right away, so don’t charge $500/hr for your first project. It is your time, charge what you are worth. If you really don’t have a clue what to charge, check out some of the links below.

Set up a payment system.

After you have figured out how much you are going to charge, it’s time to figure out how you are going to collect that money. Unless it’s a close friend or family, you will rarely get cash as a form of payment. Many designers are using Paypal to accept payments, because it is simple, instant, and hassle free. Still others prefer checks or bank transfers to avoid the Paypal fees. Find something that will compliment your workflow and style of business. When charging a client for your work, it’s best practice to collect 50% upfront before you start the project. This can help save your butt if something happens to the client or they change their mind. How you collect the rest of the money depends on the situation and how you want to handle your business.

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Regain Your Creativity: Fighting The Creativity Block

There is nothing worse than working on a project and “losing” your creative powers. In reality, you didn’t lose them at all, but rather your state of mind is just simply not where it needs to be. This can be brought on by all sorts of different things like; a lack of sleep, wear out from work, unpleasant home situations, stress, other things happening in your life, or just a lack of motivation to do your job…. err, I mean project. If you feel continually unmotivated and you run into frequent creativity blocks, you should rethink your job and possibly your career. If you made it past that last sentence, here are some steps or actions (in no particular order) you can take to help restore your creative juices and get going again!

Change The Scenery

Take your work and go to your favorite coffee shop, sit at the park, work at a friend’s house. Just get away from where you are, even if that only means turning your desk around. Changing the scenery can bring a breathe of new life into your creativity. It can help change your mood and give you new inspirations.

Let It Go

Many of us know of the all to cliché moment when we get a spark of genius in the shower, but many of us have experienced this or a very similar situation. We know it happens. The point is that sometimes after working on a project for to long we become too narrow minded or stuck with our ideas that we can’t create something new and refreshing. When this happens, it is sometimes best to just let the project go, free it from our minds for a while. Distract yourself with something else and come back to the project later, or maybe with a strike of luck let the idea randomly come to you.

New Approach

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Chances are that if you are running out of ideas, you are not really changing the way you are generating those ideas. Don’t worry, this only means you are insane. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” as defined by none other than one of the smartest people to ever walk the face of this earth, Albert Einstein. Take on the perspective of someone who has no idea what you are doing, or better yet, ask someone like this. Combine things in the most absurd way possible. Think of the opposite. Create a metaphor. Create restrictions like only black and white, only three words, only images, don’t use a computer, etc. Think of what would make the project fail in the worst possible ways. Think of the qualities that would make your project the most successful thing to ever happen. What has never been done before on a project like this? Thinking in new ways will spark new ideas and inspiration, a surefire way to get those juices going again.

Listen To Music

This may be just me, but I’m guessing it’s not. Try listening to that new album you have been waiting to hear, or perhaps an old favorite of yours. I personally like to listen to music that is reflective of the style of work I am going for. If it’s grungy, I listen to grungy music. If it’s upbeat and happy, I listen to upbeat and happy music. Audio is just another stimuli that you can tap into to for more inspiration.

Get a Bigger Box

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Don’t think outside the box. This will ensure your project will fail. Instead, try making your box bigger and putting other things in it. When you search for inspiration, we often look at what else has been done in similar situations and scenarios. This usually means that our work will come out looking the same as everything else that is already out there. The Wright brothers never would have constructed the airplane if they only thought of transportation as ground based. They looked beyond what was being done and found their inspiration elsewhere, and look what that has done for everyone! Its good to think inside the box, sometimes we just need a bigger box.

Stay Positive

Good fun people often make us feel good as well. Being in a bad mood is likely to produce bad work. Find something that makes you feel good and your work will show it.

Get Excited

This can be a game changer. Sometimes we feel we have no motivation to work on a project, it happens. Perhaps we are tired of dealing with a client, we do not feel the subject of the project is exciting, or sometimes we would much rather be doing something different. You must shift away from these feelings and find a way to get excited about the project. Try thinking of the bigger picture. Sure your project might be working on outlining the details of the life of a worker ant, but you must look beyond that. Find out how the little worker ant plays a role in the bigger picture of life and you might be surprised how import ants actually are. Do your own research on the subject and see how it relates to your life. If you absolutely cannot find anything exciting or interesting about the subject, you are probably equally as boring. Just kidding. But seriously, if nothing about it excites you, find something else to stay excited about and tie in the project with it. At least realize that the project is not going to be the end of your life.

Hopefully these steps help get you back on your creative track. Remember, simply reading this is not going to get you going again, YOU must take action to see the results!

What methods or things that you can do have you found helpful for staying creative? Be sure to post in the comments so we can all be more creative!

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