Sparking Creativity in Your Architectural Design Process

01 February 2019

We all run into creative barriers every once in a while. Those moments when we’re just sitting in front of the computer, looking at the screen and waiting for something creative to pop into our mind.

However, the more you wait, the more you become obsessed with the idea which makes it even more difficult to come up with something interesting. This is why we decided to make this post, to help you overcome your block as we understand how difficult and frustrating it can be.

Immerse Yourself in Other Mediums

This is one of the most effective and easiest ways to overcome creative barriers. Being in front of your computer trying to come up with an idea can be extremely exhausting. Instead of trying to force creativity, try and refresh your mind by going to a concert, seeing a movie, painting, or doing some different kind of design work.

Take a break from work and relax your mind. Do something without purpose and without a higher goal. This will help you see which elements you enjoy in these different mediums and understand your creative process better.

Rid Yourself of Any Distractions

One of the reasons why you might have a creative block is simply because you’re too distracted and aren’t focused on the project you’re working on. Turn off your phone, close all other programs, social media, emails, and all other distractions.

Create a working environment where you can have continuity and never allow anyone or anything to interrupt you. At the same time, make sure that you put your mind in work mode and try not to think about anything else but your work at that moment.

Do Some Brainstorming

Sometimes, the best way to start a project is to brainstorm. Simply get your sketch-board and start sketching. Try out all the ideas you had in mind, even if you know they aren’t perfect or complete. During this process, you can quickly become inspired by new ideas and figure out how you can complete unfinished ones.

Illustrate a design with a rough concept that is simple yet understandable. These kinds of illustrations will help you bounce around new ideas when you take a look at them with a clear mind.

Approach the Project with A Problem-Solving Attitude

When you have a project or a design problem in front of you, approach it with a thorough analysis of the problem and the end goal of solving that problem. This will give you the opportunity to come up with a creative idea that will solve the core of the issue. To get an idea based on a problem, look at the issue from different perspectives.

This is how you will come up with an idea that is a direct solution to the issue you have in front of you. Try solving it in different ways until you come up with the ideal solution.

These are just a few of many methods for sparking creative ideas within your architectural design process. Try them all out and see which one work for you best. For help with your next creative architectural project, reach out to Focus today!

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