How to Turn Inspiration from Others into Personal Original Works
This is not an article on how to find inspiration. Everyone has his own sources when there's a lack of ideas. This is an article on how to turn inspiration that derives from others' digital projects into a new original piece. When you come accross talented designers works, do you spend days trying to achieve a similar result? If yes this post is for you. I want to show you a constructive practice to grow as designer. Young designers are often in the habit of imitate others' works. This is not bad. Not at the very beginning. To have a reference point is fundamental when starting a career, or simply cultivate a passion. But insist in this street will drive the designer to face a series of problems:
- Frustration - he/she wasn't be able to replicate the style of a more navigated designer.
- Lose of identity - he/she will spend weeks without working on his/her personal style.
- Lose of time - he/she will realize at the end that this is not the best street to follow.
Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.Thomas Edison
The Making of Type Grunge PosterPremium members can download psd file of the poster at the end of the article (click on the image for a larger preview). 2 days ago I published a showcase of 30 amazing type treatments. This inspired me to create a poster focused on 3D typography. I had no idea of how to begin, so I started searching for typography related images. The first one that inspired me was Rebuild, created by Gomedia: Let's look at the image with attention. What could a young designer ask to himself after have seen this work? Maybe he would like to know what software has been used to create the text. He would like to learn how to create 3d type. He would start searching for tutorials on how to create 3D type. This is good, but not enough. What is the first step to learn from the master? Observation. This goes beyond the technique. I can't learn the method they used to create this piece, even if experience can suggest me a method to achieve a similar result (methods can be learn with tutorials). You have to observe important details that make the difference.
What are the feature of this piece that I observed?
- If you create a dominant text effect, you don't need to add lots of details to the image>Next time I won't spend hourse adding hundreds of details>The importance of balance in graphic design
- 3D text rocks when the font of choice is very bold>Download bold fonts for next projects with 3d type
- 3D elements can be harmoniously combined with natural landscape>I could try to put 3d elements into water!
- Text effects give a nice result if I play with letters rotation>Next time I'll write something I'll try this
- Light orientation is fundamental. Frontal text face stand out from the rest> I have to go into this argument, maybe a book can help me.
ConclusionsIf you have a computer and an internet connection, you have all what you need to improve your skills as a graphic designer. With this article I wanted to suggest you to spend more time on details. You can learn a lot from other's works, but this implies that you have to improve your ability to catch the details that make the difference, and integrate them into your works.
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