Originality is an important part of design and creativity. However, do we have true originality in the creative industry? Is everything we see inspired by something that came before? Are designers creating their content from scratch without any influence or inspiration?
Well, the truth is that creativity is a broad and changing landscape. Advancements in technology have ensured that we are exposed to other creatives’ work, ideas, and opinions anytime we want to. We can also access any creative work from wherever we are as long as it is on the internet.
This means that whether it is inspiration, originality, influence, or plagiarism, we are always exposed to everything that we want to gain access to. So, how can designers get inspiration and make use of others’ ideas without outright stealing?
You can use different input types as a designer when looking for new design ideas. The first thing is the experience you have gained over time. The other one is by seeking out inspiration to give you a starting point for your work.
The former acts as the basis through which you process and filter the world while the latter is the basis through which you process your perspective. Even though they are both important, you can only control the latter. This calls for research.
When working on a creative project, you need to understand what has already been done. You, therefore, need to do some research and understand different designs as well as the audience you are designing for.
Looking at similar projects that have been worked on before, you can get inspiration to build your unique designs without having to copy the work of other designers. At the end of the project, you will come up with a new and unique design.
Use the Internet and Online Tools
Technological advancements have made things easy for designers because they can access different artistic expressions from wherever they are. Imagine being a designer before the internet, you would probably struggle with getting inspiration for your creative work.
Fortunately, if you find yourself stuck today, you do not even have to leave your workstation to look for inspiration. All you need to do is browse the internet for different types of designs and download those that inspire you.
You can even read about different designs and try to implement new techniques into your designs. In addition, you also get access to online tools that you can use to modify your designs or even other people’s designs.
For instance, if you have downloaded a picture from the internet, or maybe have taken a photo using your camera, you can use online tools to edit the picture background and change it to anything else that meets your requirements.
Build On What Has Been Done
Designers understand how stressful it is to look at their canvas without doing anything. This is because getting a starting point is never easy even for the most talented designers. So, what do you do when you find yourself in such a situation?
Well, sometimes, it makes sense to start working with a template instead of a blank canvas. This is because templates give designers ways to start their work without having to stress about the direction to take.
They also provide a focused starting point, something that allows designers to come up with their unique vision while still working on the template. With a template, you will easily get a directional flow even if you did not have any when starting.
Some people might argue that working with a template is a form of stealing someone else’s project. Well, this is not stealing. It is a way of getting inspiration from an existing design for you to get a starting point for your work.
Be Selective With Collections
As a designer, you can also be a collector of designs for inspiration. This means that you collect different designs and artwork from different disciplines and then see how you can use them to inspire a design you are working on.
For instance, writers might look at a visual design and then get a perspective on something that they are working on. Similarly, you can watch a classic movie that opens up your mind and inspires you to a new design.
At the end of the day, you should be trying as much as you can to make sure that you are getting inspiration and making use of others’ ideas without outright stealing. You can do this by following the tips discussed above.