7 Great Tips To Boost Your Creativity

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Creativity is the most important tool for every designer; technology can’t replace it and as a personal opinion it won’t replace it until the end of days. I saw a lot of great works done in earlier version of Photoshop which still impress the users of the latest version of this program (CS5,unfortunately I am not a user of this “wow” version).

Here I present a list of some tips to increase your creativity; these work for me and I noticed from various forums and blogs of the world-wide designers that these tips also work for them.

Please write your impressions in a comment so that I discover what the best tips are, and maybe I will republish this article as being better informed than now.

Do not worry, these tips work for 90% of all people, only few of us are special and have different opinions. I hope to aid you in your process of creation and let me know how much I helped you.

1. Usually, creativity comes after many hours of work.


Probably, all my articles about freelancing on the Internet seem to contain the same messages, only work improves your skills.

In design as well as in science there is no wonder, all what matter is the number of hours of work and how passionate you are in making your projects.

The difference between a very creative designer and one that suffer a lack of it in accomplishing a task is, most of the time the fact that the first one worked on a previous similar project. In conclusion…creativity likes experience & work.

2. When you are thinking about a concept it means that you are working


In my career as a freelancer it happens very often that it can take up to several minutes to imagine a sketch of a design, staying as focused as possible, sometimes even with my eyes closed. My brother told me once that a better place to boost my creativity in this way is… a bed.

I on the other hand believe that it is much better to stay quite some time (or to lose time how my brother likes to say) concentrated on creating an initial concept than hurrying up to draw as many sketches as you can, but without them being interesting. I really believe this: when somebody is thinking on how to create something shows a hard work not a pretext for lazy people.

The entire world is governed by the law of Murphy and not by the physics (good for Einstein that can’t read this article!) and of course when you didn’t expect the solution, it will hit you. A general rule that doesn’t sound too professional, but is indeed very true: the best concept comes after you have chosen one as the best one.

3. Be very relaxed when you are working


I know that it is almost impossible to be calm when you need some whole days to fulfill your schedule for today (sincerely not all the time I respect this tip).

Anyway my effective power is superior when I am very unstrained and I listen to my favorite music (some psychologist consider that the symphonic music is better, but I believe it is more important to like what you are listening to, please let me know your opinion).

4. Creativity increases from multiple opinions


I learned a lot by demanding the opinions of all my friends regarding my works, even if they have experience with design or not. Feedback helps you a lot, because you can see the drawing from multiple perspectives.

The best example is a recent concept of a logo designed by me for a friend: it wasn’t a very serious task…in fact it was an avatar for the Yahoo Messenger. I initially, in the picture bellow, imagined 2”D” and from this sketch I start adding color, making some small corrections and so on.

It was a big surprise when he told me that he sees it as being 2”P” in the image; obviously both of us are right, but I should have seen the different aspects as the creator of the logo. From this experience I learned that paying attention to different opinions can boost the creativity, because you have access to multiple points of view.

5. Take breaks


If you are very tired and bored, yet still stay in front of your PC then this is a loss of time (I hate this situation). A break sounds as an excuse, but you should organize your schedule very well and you must keep in mind that having a break is a ‘must’ in boosting your efficiency, not something that is optional.

It is scientific demonstrated that small pauses are very good in the process of creation (these help the brain to “respire”, even the best processor can’t work with 100% of its capability without some breaks).

6. Read blogs and study portfolios as much as you can


Logo that can be seen as 2”D”s, but also 2”P”s.

I see a very clear connection between information and creativity. A good searcher on Internet surely will find good sources for inspiration and this is the fuel for creativity.

Nobody can only work; a pause can be a very good solution to escape from a bad state. I usually, after approximately two hours of continuum work, spend around half an hour looking at the new post on various blogs of the great designers.

7. Pay attention to the psychologist pieces of advice


Psychology studies the way of improving creativity, and of course this science can give you better advices than me. A very important piece of advice that really has a positive effect on me is to change the design of my office; this helps me a lot to fight against boredom.

I can’t afford to change every day the furniture in my study room around, but small changes can be easily made as a new keyboard, a very nice wireless mouse, wallpaper of the PC (some operating systems permit to change the desktop wallpaper at every minute-I have multiple collection of impressive backgrounds that give me a good disposition every time).

Finally, I want to repeat that everything depends on your own way of working and thinking; all my advices are based on the opinion of the majority of the designers.


Gagandeep Singh is working for Go-gulf.com, a Dubai web design company that provides web design solution in Kuwait, Sharjah and Middle East.

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Daniel Pintilie is a talented designer from Romania, available for hire, who is really looking forward to his next interesting project. You can get in touch with him or follow him on Twitter, and would love to hear your opinions about his articles!

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    very useful post.

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  5. Server-up, 16 June 2010

    Very interesting. Will expect more.

  6. Jae Xavier, 16 June 2010

    I addition to your seven…

    I punch the heck out of my punching bag, do 5 sets/30 reps of push ups, and a 5 mile run. Get my creative juices flowing and bust down creative blocks.

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  8. Sue, 17 June 2010

    I very much agree with this post, and it is helpful to learn what others do to boost their creativity in order to figure out what works best for yourself. In regards to music, I don’t believe there is a specific genre that works best for everyone. Since everyone reacts differently to music, it is best to say that music in general is a creativity booster. For me, I need to listen to upbeat and energetic music, but I know there are others that need classical or soft rock or even heavy metal.

  9. Jordan Walker, 17 June 2010

    All of those are excellent ways to boost your creativity as a web developer and designer.

  10. Anand, 17 June 2010

    Thank you very much for this article I really enjoyed reading it.

  11. Jason Graham, 17 June 2010

    It’s all about number 1. Work, work, work! If you don’t have a current “paid” project to work on, then find something to work on. Update your own website, create a flyer for the public bulletin board at the teriyaki place you go for lunch, volunteer to design a new mailer for a church, whatever you do just keep working.

  12. Daniel Pintilie, 17 June 2010

    Really thanks…it helps my a lot in writing more articles!

  13. Daniel Pintilie, 17 June 2010

    thx server-up!

  14. Daniel Pintilie, 17 June 2010

    thanks for reading! I agree with you, this tips is OK with me but is not preferred by all people and that was the reason of quitting at this. Anyway thanks again!

  15. Daniel Pintilie, 17 June 2010

    I totally agree with you Sue!Thanks a lot for reading!

  16. Daniel Pintilie, 17 June 2010

    Jason thanks for reading! I believe you are a complete freelancer and knows the magic word….WORK!
    Good luck!

  17. Philwebservices, 17 June 2010

    Thanks for sharing! It is a very useful tips!

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  21. paco, 18 June 2010

    nice article. very strong advices. hope to read more from you soon

  22. leaflette, 21 June 2010

    do you do the same thing?

  23. DataQ Web, 21 June 2010

    So it’s true what they say: “to be a genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration”. I guess the 99% is used to find that 1% 🙂

    Thanks for the tips.

  24. Thomas Craig Consulting, 21 June 2010

    Great post, what elements can you draw inspiration from? Personally I like to get outside and take a nice walk, which I will pay close attention to the detail of natural elements.

  25. Rachel, 21 June 2010

    I boost my creativity by doing something mundane, like the washing up. I have time to think, but it seems that doing something with my hands helps me think better. If I try to think while sitting still, I just get lots of inane thoughts, like whether I need to buy lettuce.

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  27. tee are, 22 June 2010

    whew.. thanks for the tips.. it inspire me so much

  28. Salon, 22 June 2010

    Lack of motivation, and inspiration happens so often when you work for yourself, thanks for valuable tips Daniel I’ll try to use some of them.

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  30. Philwebservices, 27 June 2010

    Great tips!! Thanks for sharing

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  32. oliver, 15 July 2010

    Very ineteresting article. Thank u 🙂 Inspiration is good way to creativity.

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  33. Laura Meider, 23 July 2010

    Hard work does pay off and generally as I think I am just about to give up, something clicks and the design flows again! I wouldn’t class myself as a very creative designer from scratch, my ideas seem to flow more when I receive other peoples opinions. I think it is great how somebody can say something and then ideas just bounce and develop from that.

    Jason – I found your post very encouraging to get out there and to create – even when you have finished at work! If you full fill yourself with change and new things then your work will be inspired even more. Go back to old projects and re-do them, a few years later you can perfect them even more, you will look back and think how bad they were in the first place and you can see how well you have developed your skills.

    There are some great tips here thanks for the post.

  34. Typegeek, 24 July 2010

    Great little article. Thanks for putting this out in the open. I hope to read more.

  35. Olga, 18 November 2010

    Having 15 years of experience in design field I’m absolutely agree with every word…

  36. Rishab, 5 April 2012

    Very nice thinking and the way of to boast up our creativity…..i like it very much and this will helps me a lot and started now……..Thank u very much.

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