How to Put Creativity to Work?
There many things a UX designer can do to become more creative. Here is a short list of ideas that go further than just common knowledge (although may seem like a common knowledge at the first glance).
- Do not think of project’s limitations.
Having them does not mean you cannot be creative.
- Experienced UX designers know that following a process is not something opposite to creativity.
Most creative UX people always follow a process as it helps them with setting intention, thinking things through, and taking care of numerous details.
- Be able to zoom in and out, from the detail to the highest level throughout the creative design process.
You may start going through the UX design process in a step-by-step manner, from the micro-design to the macro-design (large picture). However, the top-notch design projects are ones that allow a person to go back-and-forth between micro- and macro- if he or she needs to. This provides the ability to trace the relationships between these two levels, improving the quality of design.
- Start recording all your ideas.
Sounds funny, huh? But do not forget that Inspiration may come at any time, so your only task is to be prepared. Do not think that brilliant ideas will arrive again. Capture them right away as they appear. When you get an idea, write it down at once.
- Start taking a break more often.
Now that you activated your imagination, try taking some time off from any intense brain activity (in particular, UX design issues or questions). Do something that does not require much thinking in order to free up your mind.
- Identify your intention.
Write down or state clearly what you are working on, whether it is a creative idea you desire to work on, or an issue you want to solve.
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