There’s a 99% chance that if you’re a “creative type”, you’ve encountered the questions: “what do you DO when you can’t think of what to make? How do you stay inspired?” If you’re in the thick of it everyday — working tirelessly to create, return, create again, and repeat — chances are you’ve become so accustomed to your coping mechanisms, you don’t even realize your strategies for overcoming the overwhelming annoyance of a creative block.
We sat down with our Director of UX/UI design, Tyler White, to learn a bit about how he got into design, his processes, and what he does to stay inspired, day after day. Designers, tear a page from Tyler’s survival guide and learn how you can deliver too.
1. FIRST, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN THE DESIGN WORLD.
I loved drawing as a kid, so I pursued Arts and Communication in college. There, I focused on film, drawing and painting. I would say my love of drawing was the first influence of me being where I am today.
2. DID YOU TAKE A CLEAR PATH RIGHT TO WEB DESIGN? WHAT WAS THE PROCESS?
My first true love was actually 3D modelling and animation. I thought it was so cool and novel. But I wanted to hone my skills more, so I went to Herzing college and took a graphic design and web development course. When I registered, I was more keen to learn about graphic design, but its where the passion for web development came from!
3. WHAT’S THE FIRST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED AS A DESIGNER?
Always be objective. Don’t get too romantic with your own ideas! Designers, probably more than any profession, constantly get feedback on their work.
4. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE GOING INTO YOUR FIELD?
First and foremost, learn how to make the feedback useful to you and apply the right pieces of feedback to the right product. And the second most important piece? Learning how to cope when you can’t “think” of something to do. You need to step away from the work, even if it’s just for a few minutes to go take a walk, and come back with a refreshed perspective.
5. WHERE DO YOU GO FOR INSPIRATION?
My go-to’s are Dribble or Behance. I also love Awwwards. My advice to designers who are seeking inspiration is to pick and choose the outstanding elements of everything you see, and then combine different pieces together to really make your work shine.
Want to work alongside Tyler at Stradigi AI? Check out our careers page.