Thursday, August 03, 2006

Prepare Yourself for a Complete Waste of your Time


I am soooooo uninspired to write this week.

Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's the fact that Euge has been working non-stop. Maybe it's the lingering effects of last weekends debacles.

There are supposed to be rainstorms tonight. Maybe that will clear my head.

Beyond my inability to express myself here, I am also suffering a creative block at work. Of course, with work, I have years of experience designing crap - so I can pretty much fake it.

Or do busy work until something comes to me.

That's the good thing about Corporate America - there is always busy work.

It's also the good thing about having a 'creative' job. The ability to fake it until something genuine comes along. Of course exploiting the ability to fake it is completely antithetical to how one is supposed to think about being a creative.

I think of it as being akin to plastering a smile on your face when you are in a bad mood. Eventually the smile is contagious and your mood turns around. With design I can just keep throwing stuff together until something makes me go 'hmmm...'

Sometimes I visit other websites that are devoted to designers all getting together and collectively examining their design navels and I wonder what it is that I am missing. Or I laugh at how full of themselves they are. It's not brain surgery people! It's making pretty pictures!

I do usually have a concept. I mean, I am not a complete fake. For example, I was designing a brochure for a property in rural New Hampshire so I used quilting as a starting off point. Apropos, no? And I thought that the finished piece was very successful. Maybe next I'll do one with knitting as a starting off point. Hee.

In any case, this post is complete blather. I hoped that if I kept writing something interesting or funny would come to me. Hasn't happened has it?

And now it's time for me to go home.

Thanks for wasting your time with me.


Heather said...

Oh darlin, don't worry, I had enough inspiration (procrastination) for the both of us. And anyway, we have 123 posts now. That seems like quite a feat, doesn't it?

Heather said...

And, by the way, this actually WAS an inspired post, since this whole fake it til you make it thing is really an interesting topic, in my opinion. People will tell you that if you really want to write, you can't wait for inspiration to come, you have to just sit your ass in the chair and do some work, until, yes, as you say, something makes you go hmm...