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Design for fun???

Posted in Design with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2008 by mediapirate

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