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Top 5 tips for staying Creative

May 20, 2013, by dannymonster, category Blog

Top 5 tips for staying creative.


Being creative 24/7 is a pretty impossible task. When your livelihood depends on it though, it’s a task of the utmost importance.

I get days where no matter what I try, I end up just looking at a blank screen, holding the mouse and literally zero happening. This weekend for example. I have a few ideas, but no matter what I can’t quite get them out of my head and onto the PC. It’s not happening.

Creativity can be a fickle mistress.

So here it is, the Top 5 tips for staying creative. Or at the very least, motivated!


5: Take a break.

Seems obvious, right? But how often do you take an actual break, where you shut off the machine completely and just walk away?

Go and make a coffee or tea (I’m a coffee man. Non of that tea crap here) and stand outside the front door and zone out.


4: Music! It’s damned important to sit back and listen to some music. Whatever your vibe may be; whale song, pan pipes or metal. Music goes hand in hand with aesthetics.


It’s Time to relax 
And you know what that means 
A glass of wine 
Your favourite easy chair
And of course 
This compact disc playing on your home stereo
So go on and indulge yourself 
That’s right 
Kick off your shoes 
Put your feet up 
Lean back and just enjoy the melodies
After all 
Music soothes even the savage beast” – Offspring- Time to relax


Great places to stream music Online while you work:






Or if like me you like your music slightly off the beaten track and electronic, you’d head over to www.darkfloor.co.uk/mantisarchives/


3: Be inspired!

I used to think this was the hardest thing to do. Turns out, it really isn’t as difficult as people make it out to be.

To be inspired, I find, it can take as little effort as walking outside. Be it in nature, or in your town or city. Just walk around and look at things. Look at wall texturing, look at abandoned shops, empty buildings, full shops of shiny new produce, labels, graffiti and people.

The allyway final


I took this one on a day where I couldn’t focus.

If you feel like being a hermit for the day, that’s cool. You’ve got the entire Internet at your finger tips. There are tons of design blogs, tutorial blogs or places where people showcase their work. Here’s just a few:








Aggregate sites:



www.thefancy.com (I’m there- http://www.thefancy.com/DannyBastard)


2: Know creative people.

Ok this one can be a tad tricky if you don’t know anyone creative. If you don’t then a good way of bouncing ideas off people is to take to facebook. You can like design pages or join design groups and reach out to folk. I’m just gonna leave this here: https://www.facebook.com/RatherApeCreativeDesign (Come talk to me)

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I live with a Graphic designer, one of the most talented designers I’ve ever seen if I’m honest. Getting to see what he does first is pretty damned inspiring. If not a bit sickening at times. I also know artists and people involved in the art world. If I have an idea and I need to flesh it out, I don’t have far to turn and that’s the most important thing to bear in mind; Get a third party perspective.


Why not collaborate? Someone once said “two heads are better than one”. Though, tell that to the 2 headed pig pickled in brine. I have to admit, that was creative.


1: Carry a Drawing pad. Always.

This one is the most dear to me and my process. Carry a drawing pad. I’ve often been stuck somewhere and been struck with an idea and not had a pad with me. It’s pretty frustrating. I end up drawing or writing on my hands.

I have a small Moleskine drawing book and Technical pencil that come with me everywhere 99% of the time. Amazon is generally good for that.


That’s all folks. Well, for now anyway. It’s not scientific, it’s just how I battle those times when there’s a drought of inspiration. I hope this all helps you to feel a bit more Creative!


If you have any more to add, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!


You can also catch me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/7heVandal


One Comment

  1. Natalie Black |

    Some great tips there! I especially like tip 3 – go out and be inspired – you’re so right – just a ramble around town or I like to go to a beach ! Good job on the photo btw its savage!


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