Find Your Misplaced Creativity

When I was growing up I cultivated my artistic skills regularly. I took classes and practiced, but I didn’t understand how completely emotional creativity could be until I began doing it for a living. I work daily to create new things, and finding the right mindset can be difficult; everything from the amount of caffeine that I’ve had to the dreams that swam through my brain last night affects my creativity. So, what happens when creativity doesn’t just flow on demand? I have a collection of go-to references and activities that make my mind focus in the right direction.

Creativity doesn’t spontaneously spark into existance, it takes research, planning, and work along with a lot of input and collaboration.

Browse Image Collections:

Yesterday I told you all about Google Images, but this is just the tip of the iceberg! I also frequent Behance, The Design Inspiration, and Creativity Online.

Search For the Perfect Typeface:

I am such a fiend for new typefaces! I absolutely love finding the perfect one for the project that I’m working on; in fact, sometimes it makes all the difference in the world. Because I love it so much, and because it’s not necessarily an intuitive thing, how about some direction. I use both a Mac and PC regularly, so below are instructions for how to install that amazing perfect font (or two, or ten!) on both types of machines.

There are loads of websites dedicated to free fonts (Google Free Fonts to find a mass amount). In order to create the tutorial below I started at, but the principle is the same no matter what site you use.

I think that it needs to be noted here that you need to be careful of what sites you trust; most fonts out there are not malicious, but it is better to be safe than sorry. I back up my computer almost daily just in case, and I watch the extension as I download the file (.ttf is more than likely always safe; fonts never come in .exe files).

How to download fonts onto a Mac:

1. Find the font you like: for this let’s use Hawaii Killer.

2. Click on “Windows Download.” I know that there is a Mac option, but the Windows one will download a .ttf, which will work perfectly. (I have had consistency issues with the Mac Downloads, but the Windows Downloads will get you the file that you need, so use that one no matter if you are on a Mac or a PC.)

3. Your Downloads manager should pop up. When the file has loaded, click on the spy glass to see it in a finder window.

4. Open a new finder window and follow a path that takes you from your hard drive to library to fonts. This is the folder where you will drag and drop you fantastic new font to.

Ta Da!!

How to download fonts onto a PC:

1. Find the font you like: for this let’s use Hawaii Killer.

2. Click on “Windows Download.” This should pop up a box that asks if you’d like to “Open” or “Save.” Click on “Open.”

3. Clicking “Open” will pop open WinZip showing your files. They should ALWAYS have a .ttf extension. If everything looks right, you should be good to drag and drop into your Fonts file. Your Fonts file is located on your main drive (generally C:) under the Windows folder, so your extension should be something like: C:WINDOWSFonts4. If you cannot find your Fonts file, try searching your computer for other .ttf files to see where they are stored.

Note: Once a file is installed, you may need to restart the program that you’d like to use the font in.

Learn Something New:

After all this, if my creativity is still out of sorts, I turn to online tutorials. I am not above admitting that I don’t know everything, and sometimes to get a project going I really do need to turn to information that I don’t already have. To look for these I use both Google and YouTube. There is so much information that is out there – there is a tutorial for practically everything!!

I generally look for something that will help me with my work (such as how to use a specific tool in illustrator or photoshop), but the possibilities really are endless. The other day I was at a friend’s house, we were both getting dressed up to go out. When it was time to do her make-up she turned to me and said, “Now don’t laugh, but I have to watch YouTube to get this right.” What a brilliant idea! She had found a video of how to apply eyeshadow that she loved, and was watching the tutorial again to make sure that she used the right brushes and colors in the right order. Seriously a fabulous idea!

And when I say that there is a tutorial for everything, I do mean EVERYTHING:

Now go out and create!


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