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“Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead”
–Marty Neumeier

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Guest Blog Post by The Creative Group

For some, the Fall feels like a new beginning, with challenges and workload ratcheting up. For others, the Summer mentality, and the cobwebs, linger. Either way, a little extra shot of design inspiration wouldn’t hurt.

As part of the Creative Team of the Future project, The Creative Group and AIGA asked more than 750 designers to share their secrets for jump-starting creativity. Here are five noteworthy nuggets of advice:

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1. Head for the coffee shop in the next town over for a fresh perspective.

2. Brainstorm with someone who is NOT a designer.

3. Form a creativity group at work to share ideas and current projects.

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4. Start a photography habit to capture inspiration wherever you go.
5. Take a cue from the experts by following these 12 tips from Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group, McKesson, National Parks magazine, Square and Target.

You can find more about the Creative Team of the Future project, a preview of which ran in GDUSA’s July/August magazine. And you can more bright ideas for getting inspired on the TCG Blog.

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“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
-Vincent van Gogh

“No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.”
-Salvador Dali

We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.
-Bob Ross

“Creativity Takes Courage”
-Henri Matisse

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
-Andy Warhol

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
-Edgar Degas

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
-Salvador Dali

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Pablo Picasso

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“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” -Salvador Dali

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