With inspiration comes power. Without inspiration I am powerless.
"WHAT INSIRATION MEANS TO ME..."
I think one of my favourite feelings is the feeling of inspiration, being inspired. I constantly seek out inspiration every day across may subjects. It gives me thrills and a purpose to be inspired. I seek inspiration on many scales. From what I’m going to have to breakfast or lunch, to what I will wear that day. Then, to larger scale projects and design.
For me, inspiration is essential in my life and its not always something that falls in front of me. I often find I need to chase inspiration - find it myself - and when it clicks, it's magical. Inspiration give you goals and a sense of pride when you achieve them. Inspiration can sometimes carry you through a day when you aren't feeling yourself and you need a boost in life! I hate being uninspired, I get frustrated. Being uninspired drives me to dig deeper and find a spark on inspiration in even the most unlikely places. Inspiration to me as a designer is one of the most important things to me.
MY FIVE STEP CREATIVE PROCESS...
Get inspired! - One of my favourite feelings, is the feeling of inspiration, being inspired. I constantly seek out inspiration every day across many subjects. It gives me thrills and a purpose to be inspired. For me, inspiration is an essential part of my process and it’s not always something that falls in front of me. I often find I need to chase inspiration - find it myself - and when it clicks, it's magical. The more information I consume, the more inspiration I can pull from. - I like to gather as much information as I can, immersing myself and preparing an environment where ideas can grow.
Design Play/ Ideation - I like to develop thoroughly working over the resources I’ve collected, examining concepts, looking at them in different angles, and experimenting how they fit together. At this point , I will often step away from the project and get a friend of family member to take a look over my findings and see what jumps out to them! Once I have narrowed down some ideas, I often find that taking a break and refreshing the mind at this point helps from creative fatigue. It also helps when you come back to the project to see it lot more clearly on your objectives.
Pick the Diamond - This usually happens at 3am, when I’m trying to sleep conveniently. The penny drops, I have a whole vision and breakthrough. I keep a sketch book in my bedside drawer for this purpose.
Evaluation - Question everything. Reflect, criticise and assess. Try pull it apart. I often ask myself, ‘Would I invest in this with my own money?’ I also like to get critical feedback at this stage.
Implementation - assuming all feedback has been addressed. This is where the graft really begins! Implementation or presentation, depending on the project! Sell, sell, sell the idea!