Inspiration is a powerful brainstorming tool when it comes to the project planning process. We all know that sometimes ideas don’t always come as easily as they should, which is why we seek out others that have worked within similar parameters and study what they have resolved—however, it’s important to avoid becoming glued to the reference instead of branching out in other directions.
To avoid using materials in a way that does not show up in our work, it’s important to assess how to put our own spin on the final product. First, we can study the finished product and break it down into components, coming up with an educated guess of why the artist or designer created it that way. From there, it’s wise to give your brain time to think it through—it’s amazing what a walk or a good night’s sleep can do for our creative process! Finally, you can assemble these initial components with your own inspiration to create a final design that’s entirely your own.
Ultimately inspiration is an important thing for designers to seek from a variety of places. Try looking at many sources, even the ones that do not correlate to the project or task. You never know what you might discover!