5 Tips for Staying Inspired

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It happens to the best of us: you finally find a moment to sit down and get designing, but your mind is a total blank. Not an idea in sight!

What to do when the wellspring of creativity dries up? Here are 5 quick tips to help revive your designer mojo:


1. Start small

The whole wide world of design can be a little intimidating, and sometimes having too many options can really get you stuck in indecisiveness. Think small! Pick one color, one pattern, one theme, or even one word as a starting point for your design.

2. Unplug

We all know the benefits of getting a little quality time without the stress of work. Walk away for a minute: step outside for a walk, grab a latte at the local coffee shop to absorb the creative vibes, or have a good in-person chat with a friend.

3. Think outside the computer screen

Staring at a blank screen or looking at the same websites all day is enough to stifle anyone’s originality. Try turning away from the computer to read a book, watch a movie, or listen to music. Let other types of art and expression spark your own creativity.

4. Research Trends

Now that you’re refreshed and back at your computer, why not see what’s going on in the world? Taking a look at current trends in different areas like fashion or interior decorating can give you a great starting point for coming up with your own designs that complement popular styles.

5. Check out new products

The shape, size or function of a product can help spark ideas for a design that’s just perfect on that particular product. If you just can’t step away from Zazzle (we know, it’s hard), take a look at our Create page to see if any products catch your eye that may be missing from your store. You can get the scoop on all of our new products weekly in our official Zazzle News Forum.

What will your next great design idea be?

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