Whatever comes to me and piques my interest. I love ASL (American Sign Language) and have made a number of designs based on that. Looking at nature and contemplating the clear design intent involved, use of color and function definitely inspires me as an artist!
I take a walk and think about other things, browse reference books that have lots of pictures or browse photo sites and type in keywords I’ve thought of. I like to consult people I know and get ideas based on keywords by asking, ”What do you think of when you hear or see ‘X’?” – like a word association game. I play that a lot with my family.
I’ve learned it’s a waste of effort to learn too many program design function-related things when you don’t need to. Sometimes I stress about having a wealth of knowledge that doesn’t really match what I do. For those things, I can learn over time or on the fly. That way I feel more committed to the process and retain what I learn better. I also appreciate having learning resources in bits and bytes – long tutorials don’t hold my attention. Don’t learn all the ins and outs of any program unless you need to. I specifically chose CorelDRAW over 10 years ago because it has the power I need and the simplicity and nimbleness I want for doing what I do, which is usually designing logos and solid-colour graphics.
I like to keep the basic Pantone palette as my main palette when designing. That way I don’t need to worry about trouble if my design will be used for print. I also like to keep a few basic templates for design ratios to save some time when designing things I know will be presented for social media, which is often 1:1. That way I make better use of space and can adapt to other ratios later.
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