As creatives, we see inspiration everywhere. Sure, there is plenty on the web to draw inspiration from, but it could be something that catches our eye while we are out and about doing...anything. It could be in architecture, in nature, or even something we've seen a million times before, but suddenly see it differently for the first time. Inspiration could be found in the oddest of places. But, we know it when we see it.
What catches the eye could be as simple as a texture, color, shape, or even a certain style. Inspiration is, indeed, everywhere, and often it comes when we aren't even looking for it. Those corner eye glimpses can set off alarms in our consciousness, sparking the next great idea.
However, as quickly as it comes, it can just as quickly disappear. Thankfully, when we are on the move, the cellphone camera comes in very handy at times like these. But, wherever we find inspiration, organizing those findings is crucial.
In recent years, I placed an inspiration folder on my computer desktop, where I would dump every bit of inspiration I would come across. And eventually it became just that - a dump. Going back to find something quickly became a nightmare, and there were some instances I could not remember what originally struck me about what I had saved. Inspiration happens so often just 'in the moment.'
Now, for some reading this, I may only be telling you what you already know, but I know there are others that could benefit from this information. If you simply get organized, then finding what you need, when you need it, doesn't end in frustration and lost time.
Keeping a folder to store your inspiration is a great first step, but also creating subfolders can help to find things fast. Categorize your inspiration. Utilize subfolders for colors, shapes, styles, and even inspirational quotes, just to give a few examples. Taking it a step further, simply renaming your captures with keywords to indicate what you originally saw in them, can certainly be of help, and make them searchable.
Of course, taking time to do this initially can be tedious, but getting into the habit of organizing will undoubtedly save you from a dreadful search later on, and leave you a lot more time to spend on creating. When you are working on a certain aspect of a project, now you can easily find what you need.
Sounds simple, but are you organized?