As a perennial non-shipper of side-projects I found this a useful read. Especially the part about not jumping straight to the next shiny thing!
I like the idea of an idea machine. I think everyone needs to discover their own personal idea machine. Something that works really good for me is to go the bed when I know that I won't be able to sleep yet.
But anyway. Where can I get that: "Elon Musk" ?
Sorry! Couldn't help myself.
I think everyone needs to discover their own personal idea machine.
I've always wondered what inspiration is like for other artists/designers. Is it a bolt from the blue or a process?
Personally I get inspiration from peak experiences or mirroring analogue processes in the real world in my designs. This seems like more of a "mastery" level question IMHO.
(By mastery I mean that you're already comfortable with the fundamentals and can execute a variety of styles. The difference is are you able to come up with your own ideas or are you stuck copying others?)
I think what works is what you believe is working.
Personally, I believe both works.
Sometimes I have big ideas during great highs. On the other hand I struggle a lot, I worry that I'll have to give in. Then it hits me! An idea! Et voila I have a peak experience! Just the other way around.
Knowing that it'll come, just not at any given time is the most important.
But when I catch myself browsing too much work of other designer's while I'm stuck on my design. Sometimes it's good to just pull the blog and play around offline, giving me no chance to peek at "what others did". Already some great things happened afterwards!
[double post sorry]