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Tips to inspire a design student’s creativity

The blank page, the blank canvass, maybe even the blank space. To a designer, these things represent possibility and wonder. It's the chance to create some new and exciting. However, while having a creative mind is a glorious quality, it's not always a simple process when bringing an idea to life. 

In the below section, we look at the important things to keep your creative spirit motivated and flowing when chasing your design goals. Remember, creating art is a fantastic thing. Embrace your ambition.

Art is a matter of perseverance and keeping a glass half-full mindset

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." – Thomas Edison

 The one constant with success is failure. Those that have achieved the greatest creations and innovations carry with them a history of past disappointments and rejections. It's suggested that you often learn more from your mistakes than success will ever reveal. If something is easy to achieve, it's probably not worth undertaking in the first instance. True success with your art isn't the absence of failure, but rather keeping on working with the same passion and dedication when faced with any obstacles.

Immerse yourself in your art; find inspiration from your idols

"Find something that thrills you, and when you finish reading it for enjoyment, read it again line by line, paragraph by paragraph to see what you liked about it." – W.P Kinsella

If you want to succeed at something, you should be observing and interacting with that form of art just as much. If you aspire to have your film on a Hollywood big screen, you should be watching plenty of films. If you want to be an industry-leading interior designer, you should be viewing plenty of different designs. You should look at these things for joy, first and foremost, but when something grabs your attention and makes you think, "I hope I can create something of that standard one day," analyse what makes it wonderful and find your guiding inspiration.

All creators, like all creations, are imperfectly perfect

"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." – John Steinbeck

It's normal to feel inadequate or simply not good enough when attempting to chase your creative goals. Attempting something bold is always filled with excitement but also anxiety. There is always going to be that inner voice in your head that asks "Is this good enough?" or "Am I good enough?" It's easy to put down the achievements of others simply to talent. The truth is that hard work is the reason for success. Do not worry about being perfect; just make sure you're always trying your best.

Don't be burdened by limitation

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." – Roald Dahl

With art, what is considered impossible really is a matter of perspective. The best goals are the ones that at first seem just out of our grasp. Ideas, like imagination, shouldn't be capped. The process is the time to resolve how to turn an idea in your head into a reality. You should be saying "why not", instead of "why" to any dream. Life is a matter of always moving forward, and everything is made to be improved.

Have fun

"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." – J.M Barrie

Every goal is born from a good place. The reason you strive to achieve something in life is because you enjoy how it makes you feel. Don't lose sight of the reason you're attempting something. Enjoy the process and stay motivated by the possibility and potential of your art. If you enjoy what you're doing, you'll work with greater enthusiasm and energy.