Design for fun???

Recently I discovered that I had stopped designing for fun. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy designing logo’s and brochures and websites. They’re all very cool in their own right but it’s not the same as doing something completely self gratuitous. Something just for you, that pushes your capabilities and teaches you things you just can’t learn in the process of designing a logo or inserting a corporate headshot into an annual report. You know, the crazy stuff you thought of when you started learning a program like photoshop. The stuff you would do if you were a kid and you knew how to do it.

So last week I decided I needed to have a little fun with my creativity so I snapped a picture of my lovely girlfriend and proceeded to twist, warp and mutate her into a figment of my bizarre imagination. It took me about six or so hours of playing around as I didn’t know what I wanted before beginning but it finally came together. I found the whole process very therapeutic. All of a sudden I really enjoyed photoshop again. I was dusting off rarely used techniques and having fun.

I’m sure a lot of you out there are already aware of these type of exercises, but I would also wager that some of you are just like I was. Too tired from work and life to even want to sit down at a computer much less do a project. I know. I felt the same. What I discovered though is that if you can find the fun and inspiration in what you do, the next day at work isn’t as much work anymore. I have even noticed since this that my creativity is easier to call upon for considerably more unique ideas. Anyway, it’s just something to think on. While you’re doing that let me know what you think of my creation. It’s not perfect but it was a good time.


Bizarre Creative Project

For additional inspiration check out one of my favorite blogs – Lost and Taken


6 Responses to “Design for fun???”

  1. augeobenefits Says:

    Hey that’s pretty cool. What did she think? I completely agree that it is so good to get back to what work actually means to you and fulfills every day so much more. Thanks for this post. I’m glad I found it on a Friday. This is going to give me a lot to munch on this weekend and come back fresh next week. Thanks for all your help by the way. Have a nice weekend!

  2. She actually liked it a lot. Probably wouldn’t be good to post it without her blessing šŸ™‚

    No worries, I hope everything is going well. Let me know if I can do anything. Happy to help. Have a great weekend and let me know if you do end up doing something crazy just for fun!

  3. Arg, ye scurvy digital dog. She be a sea worth vessel!
    First & foremost, well done ol’ chap! I had the privilege of seeing it during creation, & pre-release. I still think she’s make an awesome addition to the next LOTR, as a female version of the Treeple!
    On a more selfish & personal note, I’ve reached the completely opposite point in my work. Sick of doing all this hard work for fun, with no recognition or compensation. Least doing it for work you may not get the due recognition, but you do get the compensation!

  4. Thanks a bunch! I appreciate it. I hear what your saying but it doesn’t sound like your doing hard work for fun if you have gotten to the point of hating it. Maybe you just need a change of scenery in what your doing?

  5. Very cool! This time of thing is inspirational as was a recent project I did on twitter. I feel so bland about doing anything in front of the computer….until I do it! I agree with you totally, that life and work makes you too tired to be motivated. Great post!

  6. That’s kinda cool. Nice work! I’ve done very little design work since returning to grad school in September, but seeing this inspires me to do some playin’.

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