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Find Your Creative Process

When I graduated university a few years ago, I was freelancing and applying to several creative agencies. When applying for web and graphic design jobs, one of the job applications had an assessment question that still stuck with me today: what is your creative process?

I never actually thought about my process. What I do from start to finish that is consistent in every project. I also did not think it was as necessary to know as I do now, but having a clear process made the work become WAY easier throughout my years of designing.

What is a Process?

According to Merriam-Webster, “to subject to or handle through an established usually routine set of procedures.” A process is a procedure of creation, from conception to final result. Several people have processes in their everyday routines. Having a process is human nature but we never stop to think what our current process is, and how we can actively perfect it to increase our productivity.

My Personal Creative Process

  1. Research

This is where I gather all the information and expectations of the project needed. This includes asking the client or project manager what is the final goal. I then research elements of the project I am least familiar with, and I look at how other creators’ (or people in the field) projects, to see how they went about completing similar projects.

2. Idea Conception

This is one step I rarely skip: getting inspired. I search creative designs and concepts to get an idea of what is it there and to help spark ideas before starting. I have a list of websites and apps that give creative inspiration, feel free to check them out!

3. Creation
I start to create. Sometimes I start one with one idea, than another idea sparks. Depending on the timeline of the project sometimes I have multiple versions.

4. Feedback and Revise
Getting feedback with a draft is so important for my piece of mind. I like to show my progress so I know I am going in the right direction to my stakeholders. We can get so anxious in showing a draft version of our work, and end up completing it without micro-revisions. Criticism is good if it is constructive and clearly communicated, and can help the end result to look even better.

Reflection
Once the project is done, it’s always nice for me to reflect back for next time. This is how I (try to) grow as a person and become better. In a way, this is personal feedback from myself, and is an underrated step. I also like to upload my work online (when I get the chance) and add onto my list of skills if I learned something new.

Create Your Stress-Free, Efficient Process Today!

What is your creative process right now? What step in my creative process so you think can be added to yours? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Sincerely,

Arienne J

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Great Holiday Gifts for Journal Writers!

Holidays are around the corner and so was post cyber monday deals. I encouraged a lot of my readers to start different forms of entertainment that do not require staring at a screen this winter. One of those things was journaling. Journaling has proven to release stress and is a great way to express yourself without judgment or approval. Journaling is an art form.

I personally love creating junk journals with random stickers and clippings. My first junk journal was gifted to me by my cousin who hand made one and passed it on to me, and I was really grateful for the sincere gift of writing creativity.

To help kick off your journal or to get a gift for a friend, here are some fun journal items and accessories you can get off of SheIn.

Fun items to Kick Off Yours or Your Friend’s Journal

Unique Pens

Pattern Clippings Aesthetic

Monthly Stamps

Astrology Stickers

Green Plants Stickers

Polaroid Photos

Bookmark Clips

A New Journal

Right now SheIn is having a big extended Cyber Monday Sale so make sure to get your journal items early before the holidays!

Sincerely,

Arienne

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How to Find Visual Inspiration?

Everyone wants their work to be original. They want their visual content to be modern but nothing anyone has seen before. Personally I am constantly searching for inspiration as a visual designer, so that the content I make is forward thinking. Finding inspiration is at the top of my list in my creative process.

Finding Visual Inspiration Online.

I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming trends because in the digital world, trends move so fast. My creative process starts with research. When I have free time I like to do a quick search of trends, but I discovered following other designers, design account, and design topics on social media is much more effective than just searching for articles on Google when the time comes to create something new. You want to stumble upon new ideas rather than search for them.

Visuelle UK

Top Apps/Sites I Go on When I Need Inspiration

  1. Pinterest
  2. Instagram (following hashtags)
  3. Behance
  4. Dribbble
  5. 99Designs
  6. SiteInspire
  7. dropbox.design
  8. The Dsgn Blog
  9. Visuelle UK
  10. httpster

All of them are very unique. Ranging from graphic design, mixed photography, web design, product design & more. I like to follow accounts in these websites, or follow the blog so it goes straight to my feed. Again this is just the start of my creative process. Many other steps are taken along side with visual research: including client assessment (having the client give deliverable expectations and the goal for the design/product) and target audience research. A few of these blog sites are great at explaining the creator’s creative process and steps they took to create their final product, so I would encourage you to check them out!

Sincerely,

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Arienne J