Designer Jeff Sheldon on How He Stays Inspired

Via Jocelyn K. Glei’s excellent newsletter, Jeff Sheldon tells us how he stays inspired and comes up with new ideas. He breaks it down simply at the beginning:

It’s about always being aware of things around me, both online and offline, and filing them away for future reference.

Later in the article he goes into detail about exactly how he goes about his creative process. A good read for creatives or anyone who sometimes has trouble with creative block.

Read “How I Stay Inspired and Come Up With New Ideas” at ugmonk.com.

Finding Inspiration on Craigslist

You can find a lot of things on Craigslist – a car, a sofa, a slightly-used copy of of Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo Gamecube, maybe even true love. But did you know that you can also find abundant design inspiration there?

Much has been written about the pros and cons of constantly seeking out inspiration as a designer. Some say that the continual search for creative spark in other’s work will make our own work stale and derivative, simply parroting the prevailing design trends. Others counter that there is truly nothing new under the sun, and everything comes from something else, the trick being to take inspiration from something and make it your own.

I tend to fall into the latter camp, maintaining a sizable Evernote notebook of web clippings that have struck me as particularly interesting. I don’t, however, limit my inspiration mining to the typical places like Dribbble, ffffound, and Designspiration. One of the more unusual places I find things that inspire me is Craigslist. Continue reading