As designers, it’s necessary to come up with great ideas. Whether it’s for your client’s website or for a future business, we need to be prepared to solve different problems. So I ask you:
How do you come up with a great idea? What process do you go through to come up with an idea?
I break down my process into 4 steps:
1. Relaxation - Before I start anything, I have to be relaxed. When I’m stressed out, I can never concentrate on solving the problem at hand. I usually lay down and listen to soothing music to clear my head.
2. Playtime - As ridiculous as this sounds, it is the most important step for me. I have a coloring book on my desk and I take 30 minutes to color in it to clear my mind. Doing this will help keep your mind blank and open for ideas.
3. Inspiration - I usually take a walk outside and look around to be inspired. I look at the scenery and the people around me because that will give me natural inspiration instead of encouraging me to copy as CSS galleries often do.
4. Brain Dump - To wrap it all up, I get out a pen and paper and write down everything that comes to mind. Even if you dislike the idea, put it down because it may lead to other ideas.
I would suggest trying this process or adapting it into your routine. It can be wonderful for your creative process because it will help you come up with great ideas to solve any problem.
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