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Blogger block, and ideas to overcome that.

01. Tap into your subconscious

"Strange things happen in a semi-sleep state, when your unconscious takes over," says Shotopop's Casper Franken. "Wake up and write down whatever was happening before you forget it."

02. Get it down on paper

Write your main ideas down in columns, and list absolutely everything that comes to mind. You can mix and match the lists for unusual and original combinations.

03. Always carry a sketchbook

Don't go looking for inspiration: "A visually loaded word or phrase can jump out from a passage of text, or a song," proposes London based designer and illustrator Craig Ward. "Be sure to sketch those ideas down when they come."

04. Don't be afraid to step away

Completely open briefs can be the worst for causing creative block. Try to distance yourself from the project; take a break and come back to it with a clear head.

05. Finish what you've started

"There's no such thing as a bad idea: the creative part is in seeing it though to completion, and turning dreams into reality," argues Mr Mills, creative director at ustwo.

06. Put some fun in your studio

"Sterility leads to an empty void of nothingness," adds Mills. Always try to inject some colour and life into your studio, and don't run it like a clinic or a prison.

07. Take notes on life

"The best ideas often come when doing completely random, uncreative tasks," confesses ink evangelist Johanna Basford. Jot them down as they come to you, or snap a photo of things that catch your eye.

08. Look in unlikely places

Go and do something else entirely. You'd be amazed at where new ideas are hiding out. They're often where you would least expect them to be.

10. Explore other creative disciplines

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Look beyond other illustrators and designers: photography, typography, fashion, film, packaging and signage, for instance.



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