I occasionally have the discussion with fellow colleagues regarding lack of inspiration when beginning a new web design project. I have found many avenues of inspiration over the years, with some found while surfing the Internet and some while driving down an actual avenue.
That’s right, I tend to get a lot of inspiration by simply driving down the highway and noticing something in the architecture of a building, a billboard, or even in conversation. The hard part is remembering this little piece of inspiration before all is lost. With my short term memory problems, this becomes a task in itself as the days go by. Therefore, even if I do not plan to use the newly found inspiration right away, I will write it down in a log for future use and decide at that time if it is still inspirational to me for the use in a web design project. Not only will I write down this tidbit of inspiration, but I will also keep track of what exactly I like about it and what I would change about it. This will help in the future when you scour over your log of inspiration.
Of course, I also surf the Internet quite a bit looking for ideas as do most others. This is obviously the easiest way to find inspiration as you can cover millions of miles looking for the next best idea versus driving in your car at a whopping 65 mph as ideas slowly pass you by. For those of you not familiar with data transfer rates, it’s much faster than your car will go. I’m getting a little off base here, so we better wrap this up.
I wish you best of luck in your next web design project and may you run into no friction at all when trying to find inspiration. It’s easy to find inspiration once you learn how. Understanding why it’s inspirational is what makes use of it effective. It may be a specific font, color, shape, etc. Use your log of inspiration to remember exactly what makes it inspirational to you.