The One Word Inspiration series is a guest post series on Clear the Way which asks different visiting bloggers to share whatever they are inspired to share when they hear only one word. The word changes each month and today Kyla from Kyla is Inspired is here to share her inspiration from the word restriction.
Hi everyone! It’s Kyla, from Kyla Is Inspired. I was so excited when Kate asked me to do a guest post on the theme of restriction, because I knew I wanted to focus on design, and making your designs as unrestrictive as possible.
Design is meant to be free and un-restrictive, but I know how it feels to be restricted – perhaps you have a client with outrageous strict brand standards, or maybe you just feel restricted in your own mind…If you’re anything like me, you are your own worst enemy when it comes to design. Too many times I say “Oh, I can’t do that, I’m not good enough”, or “I don’t know how to do that”. Well today, I’m going to share with you my own personal tips to break through your own restraints and just create.
Write everything down. If you have an idea, document it. Sometimes inspiration will strike while you’re at work, when you’re eating breakfast…write it down. Even if it’s not for a current project, even if you think you might not have the time to complete it, it’s still worth it to document. I’ve been doing this for year, so I literally have a library full of ideas to go back to when I’m feeling un-inspired. To be honest, I only use about 99% of my ideas, but it’s great knowing that I have a library of inspiration when needed, especially all of my little doodles I’ve collected over the years of boring meetings and classes. And believe me, I still go back and use ideas I had 5 years ago!
If you have an idea, try it! Say your client is very strict with their brand guidelines (like my personal current day job), and you have this great idea that may be outside of the rules but you feel it may be the best bet – just try it! I recommend creating something “vanilla” that fits the standards, and your idea. Present them both. Even if the client doesn’t choose the second option, you’ll have pushed the boundaries and went outside of the box, which is most important when you’re trying to push yourself.
Stop comparing yourself to others, and be you! We have all heard this, but this is huge – I still do it, I think we all do it, but when you catch yourself doing it, you need to mentally tell yourself to stop. I know how it feels to think you’re not good enough to do something, but if you don’t practice, you’ll never get better! Everyone started somewhere, and everyone at a different stage in their creative process. Being negative is the worst thing you can do when it comes to your designs, so it’s important to push those thoughts aside when they pop up. It’s especially hard in the blogging community, where we share everything we create. Sometimes, it’s good to take a pause and create just for yourself. When you’re not sharing something, hopefully you won’t be comparing.
I hope you can find some of these tips helpful as you continue to design! Remember, you are usually your biggest barrier, and if you can break free of your own restraints, you’ll be able to be free in your designs. I’d love to hear your own tips on how you do this!
Kyla is a designer and illustrator in Providence, Rhode Island who blogs at Kyla is Inspired. There she shares her illustrations and inspirations in the hope of bringing you some inspiration. You can also find her on: twitter | pinterest | instagram