First, if you don’t follow and subscribe to David Airey, do so immediately. He is a brilliant graphic designer and his email and blog posts are short, sweet, and wonderful for any young designer or creative. Seriously, go subscribe to him now. Of all the emails that flood my inbox, I always make time to read his.
Secondly, David shared these blank, photographic design presentation templates the other day on his blog. The templates are a compilation of billboards, coffee mugs, shopping bags, Mac screens, and any other object you could possibly brand, and they are left blank to add your own designs in order to create a realistic presentation of the final product. Any designer would be crazy giddy about these. I haven’t yet purchased them as I do not work in an agency, but they are on my radar as soon as I find some valuable use I can put them to – possibly a portfolio update?
Why didn’t I think of these? So instead, I’m sharing them with the world.
Stuck in an inspiration rut and can’t get out? Here are some handy dandy tips I have used in the past to get out of my creative hole of darkness.
1. Stalk your favorite designers. I personally love Willoughby Design, Ciera Design, Cuban Council (they designed the Facebook logo!), and David Airey to name a few. See what they’ve created recently. Copy a color palette, observe layouts and font treatments, and read their advice (it’s good stuff).
2. Take a peek at these crazy sites: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Jonathan Harris, Cowbird, and Inc.com. Gain some perspective on life, purpose, intention, and expectations.
3. Subscribe to expert’s emails in your specific industry. If you work at a financial institution, The Financial Brand is a fantastic marketing resource. What do these experts have to say? How did they present their information? (Is it designed well?)
4. Get outside of your industry. What are experts doing in retail that you could apply to a financial institution? Compare two unrelated industries and see what is being used in the same way (photography style, marketing approach, Facebook promos, etc) and what is being used differently. Get out of your box for a moment and pull something back into it.
5. Pinterest. Duh.