After working long hours fighting the good fight against PowerPoint and .jpgs shoved unceremoniously into Word documents, it’s incredibly hard to come home and be inspired to hang out in front of my computer for a few more hours to make more stuff. Regardless of whether said stuff would be way cooler and more awesome than anything I’d done while listening to other people’s conversations over 9-inch-high “cubicle” walls, despite the fact that I’d woken up in the morning with
six impossible ideas before breakfast an idea for a really fun wotsit I’d like to play with, I still have dinner to make, laundry to do, cats to scoop up after, and ugh why can’t I just make cool stuff all the time? (An hour commute each way, shoved into a 17-inch-wide seat between a sherpa guide and a twitchy dude picking his nose, does not help anything.)
Sure, I can shore up my day with stuff like Clients from Hell, @PREPRESSHULK and @design_txt, knowing I’m not alone. I can look at Designspiration, Smashing Magazine, Brain Pickings, Behance, Design Feast, the Dieline… and that’s just a bit of what’s in my immediate browser history, but it kinda just makes me depressed that there’s all this great creativity out there and I have contributed nothing to it. Which doesn’t help much either. I’ve tried setting aside time, but I’m never “feeling it” on a schedule. I’ve tried getting more sleep… but that never happens. I’ve tried staying home to be around my supplies more, I’ve tried getting out to have new experiences, I’ve gone to conferences and meetups, but I still have stacks of materials and ideas that have yet to be used.
So what do you do? How do you get inspired? What gets you going creatively? Where do you find inspiration? Do you listen to music, seek total silence, get away from it all, Google random words, do something totally unrelated, scribble in coloring books, try an unfamiliar medium? How do I light that fire under my own ass and get making?