Sometimes I find that working in a creative field is the most rewarding experience I could ask for. Other times, it makes me want to find a deserted hallway somewhere and scream for a while. Most of the time I’m able to figure out a way of solving a design problem just by doing research until I happen upon inspiration that leads to a solution; However, every now and then I get backed into a corner where I just CAN NOT for the life of me find a solution that works both visually and conceptually. Usually this happens at the worst possible time- when I am on a tight deadline, when things otherwise are very stressful, or when the stakes are very high. Then again these may be the causes of my designer’s block as I tend to psych myself out.
The truth is that creativity is not always a natural tendency and it can’t be forced quickly. This is why I’m realizing lately how important it is to not only create a creative process for these times when I’m stuck, but to also analyze what creative processes occur when I’m successful and positive in working through a project. Sometimes the answer is as simple as just messing around on Pinterest for a while, and sometimes you just need to stop and get a coffee. Sometimes you will just have to deal and complete a project for a client and you won’t like it…and that’s ok. The ultimate goal is to always be able to create something that you can be proud of, but sometimes we fail. And I think that graphic designers have a really hard time with this because our entire career is to create things that will be scrutinized and judged, and it is hard to keep from self-identifying with failed work.
So I guess this is partially just a pep talk that I’m having with myself- That I should just stop bitching about how I don’t know what to do next and I should just grit my teeth and finish the job instead of freaking out about failing. I am pretty sure the world will still go on tomorrow even if I make a crappy piece of art.
In terms of the graphic above, I made a clipping mask with some of my doodles in the text and made a reductive design in terms of color and composition. The subway tiles as a background texture just felt right in a design about my current life frustrations, perhaps because of my horrendous commute into manhattan on the 7 train this morning.
Also Puppy memes help!