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January 17, Page 1 of 3 Having a creative job has its ups and downs.
These are the times when having a concise, clear creative process will save you, allowing hard work, experience and intelligence to get you through the job. What is a Process?
Your creative process is a series of steps that you repeat every time you need to create. An effective process should allow for serendipity—happy accidents are responsible for lots of great design probably more than anyone cares to admit. A good process should also have room for moments of creativity—flashes of brilliance—mingled with long bouts of mental chaff.
Your own process might be a very rigid step-by-step approach, or it might be a loose progression of stages you go through, or it could be anything in between. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, are you more of a craftsman, hired to build something conservative and simple, but to build it really well?
These two extremes, and everything in between, have different creative needs and therefore different creative approaches. You should also be able to modify your approach slightly to function in almost any medium, with almost any style, and within a myriad of other constraints that might be placed upon you.
By focusing on one aspect or another of your process, from research to planning to execution, you can guide your own thinking toward your creative goals without having to significantly modify your overall approach.
Think back to your best moments—what form did inspiration take? Research—Describe the design direction you think is most appropriate, using precise adjectives and phrases.
Vibrant and animated, but serious. Older folks trying to feel young. Who is my audience? What am I trying to tell my audience? Is there a message? Use logic to refine your direction and make sure your work is appropriate. Finally, look for ingredients. Inspiration can come from anywhere—media, your own past work, the junk on your desk, your surroundings.
To dig deeper, find more work by artists whose style makes sense to you. Or gain a broader sense of a particular period in history, be it art history or otherwise. The tangible outcome of the research phase might be a list of informed and refined adjectives, or it might be pages of notes, piles of books, thoughts in your head, or any combination of these.
Plan—Sketch possible ideas, given the necessary elements. This should be a relatively mechanical process to start, building to free thinking as time and the project merit.
I always recommend sketching with pencil and paper, generally at a small scale. You might also be experimenting with various other design choices at this point, contemplating what typefaces might be appropriate, what sorts of imagery you might use and how the visual language of the piece will relate to the goals you settled on in the research phase.
In Web design, how the page will actually function and move, what animation will be present, how the interface will feel to the user, and what the potential technical issues and solutions might be should also be considered in these early stages of design. This is when you can be hanging out at the beach, jotting down ideas on your lunch receipt and still be doing your job well.
I like to spend at least a week or two whenever possible just thinking about a project and sketching sporadically before I move on to the next phase, execution. Execute—Using the research you did and the plans you formulated, concretely visualize the final piece.Presentations, in many different formats, are a big part of being a small business owner.
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