We all need some inspiration from time to time. When you are in a creative profession, you have to generate ideas on an hourly basis. What to do when you are a newbie and all good ideas get suddenly vanished? Well, it happened even to the best of us. Here is a simple method which can push your creativity and help in a time of burnout.
Let’s say you want to tell a story about a restaurant. To find inspiration, we will use Pinterest — the social media based on the photographs that people pick from the internet.
So, how to find the inspiration for the photo shoot with Pinterest? Open Pinterest and type in the search field “restaurant”
You will see a lot of pictures which can already inspire you for some ideas. But let’s move forward. In the line below the “search”, you can find additional keywords to make the results more specific to your needs.
For example, we search for the “restaurant branding”.
We can also add some styles required for the project, such as rustic, vintage, modern, and you name it. See what the search on “restaurant, rustic inspiration” reveals.
We can even add the materials if we know how our location/restaurant looks like.
I can already sense that somebody will mention “plagiarism”. No. I do not ask you to copy the pictures. And it’s probably impossible to make exactly the same picture in the other location. But seeing how other talented people deal with the task similar to yours, can rise many fruitful thoughts and ideas in your mind.
How easy is it to work with? Well, very easy! You can’t remember each and every picture, I’m sure. So, create a “secret” inspiration board for the particular project (you may like to delete it eventually, or make it “open” when you are done with it.)
This collection may inspire you as long as it exists. My advice once you make the collection- go through the pictures and delete the irrelevant ones as compared to other images in the collection. Carefully crafted “inspiration board” will work better than an unfocused mess of the photos from here and there.
You can also create boards for some specific moods or colors, which may work without a link to some specific assignment. Create as many creative boards, as you need, and make them work for your creativity. By the way, just because Pinterest users pin new pictures every minute, you may also follow the trends within the industry you are going to shoot for.