As creatives we tend to be on the never-ending search for inspiration to fuel that spark that moves us to actually create. We all get inspired by different things and at different moments but that feeling of something going off that pushes us to start creating is unbeatable.
I look for inspiration for three main areas of my work: the creative design side of things, the organizational type-A list building side, and the entrepreneurial side.
I want you to leave this post understanding that it’s a normal part of the creative process to need that inspiration to create, and it’s great if you find the activities that are able to give you the inspiration you crave.
The perfect project is the result of the evolution of a group of ideas, so once you have that initial spark get working on it, it will evolve and transform into the project that you want.
A huge part of my inspiration comes from collaboration, we all have different views and ways of doing things. Asking for feedback or looking at how others have solved problems can inspire me in such a big way.
Make sure you keep on reading so that you can see what I have decided to put together that is going to be a great tool for all of us.
Here are some of my favorite sources of inspiration.
Spontaneous ideas come to me while driving, YES you read that right, I don’t know why maybe it’s just the silence in one of the few me moments I get during the day that allows me to really think through things and BOOM an idea strikes.
This is the moment were Siri is my best friend, I’ve learned to immediately – YES IMMEDIATELY – dictate a note to Siri with my idea so that it isn’t lost. We juggle soooo many hats that it’s very probable that if we don’t write it down in the exact moment we think of it we will lose it.
When I’m feeling stuck or when I simply just want to trigger that creative thinking nothing puts me in design mode more than browsing through Pinterest and Houzz.
There are thousands of design blogs, design magazines, design related sites, etc. but the emphasis on the visual elements of these platforms hits the right nerve for me.
I’ve been on Pinterest for a really long time, just quietly pinning away spaces that inspire me all in different styles. I’ve managed to gather over ten thousand pins without even noticing it.
This has managed to become my go to source of inspiration when I’m feeling stuck or on a slump. Because not only am I able to browse through the pins I have saved, I can search for specific design elements or trends, I can save them to private or public boards that is a time saver when I want to refer back to something I saw.
Her is just a snapshot of the platform if by any chance you aren’t familiar with it
And if you aren’t following me already here is the link to my profile.
Another great source of design inspiration. You are able to go browse through endless pictures of interiors and of architecture.
One of the best features Houzz has is the ability to tag elements in the pictures so that you can go directly to the source and that you can ask questions in the comments regarding the design. The community and sometimes the architect, designer, or builder are often the ones who answer the questions you may have.
The sense of collaboration and community you get in the comments is one of my favorite elements.
I wanted to create an easier platform for collaboration that isn’t filled with spam so that we can all collaborate as a community of design lovers, I’m getting ahead of myself, you will have to keep reading…