Check out these 13 places to find inspiration for your next project that requires packaging. Coming up with a unique or inspired idea can be as simple as opening your eyes to what’s around you everyday, or seeking out new sources online and otherwise.
Packaging blogs. If you’re trying to come up with a CD packaging design, you’d likely want to view Packaging blogs…ya know, just to get some inspiration. Some say there’s a problem with this approach, though, especially if you’re looking for designs with the same medium (i.e. CD packaging designs to get inspiration for your CD packaging design) because you just might rip it off. But if you’re confident you’re not that kind of a stealer, then go ahead. There are plenty of them but the ones I highly recommend are: TheDieline, Packaging of the World, Creative Review.
Movies. Well, who would have thought? But many graphic designers and art directors get creative ideas from the movies they watch. This won’t be the best option if you only have a week before the deadline but do watch more movies so you’ll have plenty of concepts stored in your head for future use.
Photographs. Whenever you encounter lovely photos online, save them in a folder and label them according to category (street art, illusions, romantic, etc) so that when the time comes for you to brainstorm for a design, you can visit the folders you think are relevant.
Look outside. Turn off your computer, stand up, stretch, and go outside for a walk. You just don’t know how confined you are to your workspace until you step out. Bike around your neighborhood, head to the beach or park, go for a swim, go to the crafts store or to the market. Touch things, talk to people. Aside from the possibility of finding inspiration, this will also refresh your mind and your senses.
Travel. Creative people need to travel every now and then. You need it to get a new perspective, to “switch off”, to clear the mind from clutter, to simply experience things. Don’t worry about your budget and your schedule. Anywhere is okay as long as it’s somewhere new to you. Make sure you bring a journal and a camera.
Paintings. Creativity is often sparked by other art forms. If you want to come up with a really impressive CD packaging, go to the nearest museum and devour each artwork. Examine each and determine which ones you find inspiring and which ones you think are trash. Seeing other artworks would make you want to become more creative. I’m sure you’ll come up with something interesting when you get home. If you can’t go to a museum, flip through art books.
Dreams. Have a dream journal where you write down your dreams the moment you wake up. Everything seems more poetic and colorful in our dreams. You can record your dreams online through dreamjournal.net or blogs.