In a time where everything is within our grasp within seconds, information is now watered down, dim, and easily acquired. It has become boring and such a routine because everything is “Googled.” The best way to become inspired, in my personal experience, is to get away from the computer. Start reading, look at print, go outside, talk to strangers (as uncomfortable as it is), and start exploring.
A particular favorite is reading. Grab a few books and open them. Stop looking at a lit up screen and start flipping through a book. Touch paper and smell it, because no screen can ever replace the tactile and intimate experience between a person and a book. So, if you’re in need of some inspirational reading/viewing materials for your creative block, take a look at the list below.
1.) Children’s Books
There’s always something magical about them, from the visual language to the written language. Everything is perfectly imperfect. A favorite of mine is “The BFG,” “The Rainbow Fish,” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
2.) Product Design (Portfolio) (Paul Rodgers and Alex Milton)
Not a graphic design or a UI design book, however, this is why it’s more inspiring. Dive into a world where functionality and form coexists together in harmony. Look at the problem solving unfolding before you, something trivial and complex dwindled down to something simple and easy to grasp.
3.) Steal Like an Artist (Austin Kleon)
A personal favorite. Part of being creative isn’t to make something new, it’s to take something that already exists and reuse it. Besides, people aren’t accustomed to change.
5.) Thinking with Type (Ellen Lupton) and Grid Systems (Josef Muller-Brockmann)
These two books are a basic requirement for all graphic design students, but this book lives on forever no matter where you are in your life as a designer. It teaches all things about typography, legibility, grids, etc. You’ll begin to think about the possibilities with the use of typography and a grid.