Quotes About Creativity to Start Your Year as A Designer.

Some of us may make resolutions at the beginning of every year and some feel it is not necessary. At the beginning of the year, we often try to find ways to revive our thoughts and ideas to do in the future. Some designers revamp their websites, update their portfolios, and tidy up their design files.

Often the essence of creativity is difficult to express in words. However, some of the quotes below seem to be able to provide encouragement to start this year so that we can increase our productivity and abilities.

1. “You can’t do something great by occasionally doing it.” – Hans Bennewitz, Art Director

We get it; sometimes, there are so many ideas floating around in our minds that it can be challenging to commit to a single theme or concept. And you don’t have to. But we also know that it takes hours, days, and years to refine a craft. Let this be the year that you find the thing you want to focus on long-term and become great at it!

2. “Talent is talent, and if you work hard, it’s amazing how many good opportunities come your way.” – John Matta, Illustrator & Designer

You can’t fight good talent! But of course, people need to know about your good talent before those opportunities start flowing. Creating a profile on Dribbble or using social media to promote your work and interact with others in your field will go a long way towards helping your creative career this year.

3. “We don’t know what we’re doing sometimes. But this is the essence of creativity.” – George Kvasnikov, Design Lead

If the past two years have taught us anything, we need to start embracing the unknown. When the world stopped for a few months back in March 2020, Designers were probably the first ones back on their feet since WFH has been ingrained in the flow longer than almost any other profession out there.

4. “Make it simple but significant.” – Don Draper, a fictional character on Mad Men

Designers and marketers share this in common. “Keep it simple, stupid!” Interesting how a design principle created by the U.S. Navy in 1960 is still a driving force in our work today. Keeping systems simple versus making them complicated is the best design practice; simplicity is a critical objective in design, avoiding unnecessary complexity.

5. “Almost anything can be a seed for an idea; you just have to keep your eyes open to spot the things that speak to you.” – Leena Kisonen, Illustrator

Let yourself be inspired by anything this year. We all know (and love) the usual sources of inspiration: your previous styles, traditional print media, old packaging, different cultures, etc. But heck, you could be inspired by a beautiful restaurant dish, a super yummy smell, or even your favorite song.

6. “Once I focused on what I enjoy creating, I discovered my style and started growing as an artist.” – Maria Galybina, Illustrator & Designer

Let’s do more of what we love this year! There’s nothing worse for your creativity than being locked into a job or project that doesn’t inspire you. If you’re in a place to do so, consider only taking projects that you absolutely love and spend your free time growing your style. It shows when you love what you do, and people will see that.

7. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

Sure, you can feel tired after a hugely creative day or project, but we all need to take a rest sometimes. Do something to recharge yourself and keep up the creative work! Ever think of one of your best ideas in the shower? 

8. “Create the work you want to get paid to make.” – Patrick Moriarty, Designer

Almost every Designer we speak to has found freedom in investing their time to create what they love. Of course, you need to pay the bills, but the sooner you can create (and showcase) your passion projects, the sooner someone will want to pay you to do them!

9. “Do things that scare you and push you out of your comfort zone.” – Tyler Elise Blinderman, Designer & Illustrator

Almost every Designer we speak to has found freedom in investing their time to create what they love. Of course, you need to pay the bills, but the sooner you can create (and showcase) your passion projects, the sooner someone will want to pay you to do them!

10. “My go-to for inspiration is always cartoons with a unique art style or storyline.”- Becca Kaiser, Designer

Cheers to finding inspiration where normally wouldn’t. Of course, push for good design work is all around us… but looking to traditional media or relics of your childhood can help you get excited about a project.

Start your new year with a new spirit and new ideas. Make your work fresher than before.

Originally published at dribbble.com on Jan 19, 2022.

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