Inspiration Overload

There comes a time when you have to stop searching for inspiration and start making.

Easier said than done, right? In fact limiting ones own sense of visual intake can be nearly impossible in today’s “touch of a button” society in which everything we could ever require is available at the swipe of a finger or a key stroke.

There are certain things I do each morning when I get to work that always determine how the rest of my day will pan out, and even though I recognize these trends within my own routine only by acting on them continuously can I begin to break and reshape their influence on my day-to-day life.

These actions almost always include getting lost in “Inspiration sites” like Behance and Designspiration, and while these are both invaluable resources for designers, they can also be a terrible burden when you allow yourself to become overexposed.

Nothing works harder to kill my own motivation for design than to overload myself with inspiration. The fact of the matter is that there is so much data out there, with so many people producing amazing work that when it comes time to actually knuckle down and create you may run the risk of creative paralysis. You may become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of professional level work that you will find yourself unable to settle on an aesthetic direction, or your motivation may backfire and you could find yourself paralyzed with fear of failure or mediocrity.

In order to combat this paralysis, this dragging weight of impending failure and mediocrity, I’ve begun to limit my own exposure to the very thing I once I sought to inspire. The simple strategy to fight this burdensome irony is to consciously limit yourself from it and allow creativity to flow through execution.

Besides the more you look at the work of others the greater the chances will be that your work will end up looking like theirs and there isn’t much worse than being known for doing something that looks like something someone more famous has already done (and probably did even better).

So if you’re like me and you get bogged down by all the beautiful things on the internet, don’t fret! Take a step back and make something. It may not be game changing, but it may be a step towards something that is.

— Have a great week

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