Documenting Inspiration

Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 05/29/2016 | Author: Kerri Thomas

Documenting Inspiration

As a working freelance artist, we should know the process of creativity. Designers should know the software for translating ideas to fruition, while writers and coders should have their processes down as well. But what about the inspiration for that creativity itself? Do we have the formula for inspiration down pat?

The answer, to a large degree, should be NO! Inspiration should come in many forms, and at any time. Regardless of what medium one works, there should be a spark of creativity all around them waiting to be taken advantage of. Problem is, that inspirational moment can be fleeting and unexpected. So how do you catch it? Well, the trick is being prepared to document creative inspiration for future use. Here’s how:

PhotoBombs – That’s right. Use that smart phone smartly. Inspiration can be seen on the street, at a restaurant, or cheering on your kid at a soccer game. When you see something that catches your eye (the pattern of branches on a tree, a piece of art on the wall, a unique corporate logo, etc.), take a picture! Take ten pictures. Don’t count on your memory to recreate the image later when it’s so easy to capture it exactly at the moment of discovery.

Pen and Paper – Another way to make sure you’re capturing those sparks of creativity is to keep a journal. Any and all eureka moments that come to you in the middle of the night can easily be jotted down in a bedside notebook, ready to be incorporated appropriately. Make it small enough to take to the park, meetings, and long road trips (as long as you’re not driving…), and you’ll be able to capture those thoughts that inspire your process.

Online – One of the easiest ways to document inspiration is to do it online. After all, your laptop is a portal to anything and everything in the universe (and beyond), so take advantage of all of the stimulus that involves. Instead of clicking and forgetting, make sure to bookmark any pages that catch your creative eye. Another good idea is to follow those sites and blogs that consistently wow your senses, whether visually or through the written word.

Get More Creative – When looking for inspiration, make an effort to be more inspirational! Take that trip to an exotic locale you’ve been talking about! Add a little personal style to your surroundings; that different look might get the juices flowing for inspiration. Any injection of new creativity, whether large or small, can be a kick start to documenting what inspires you.

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