CreativeNever ending deadlines, demands and no cohesive vision will leave you feeling dazed and uninspired. We all know what it feels like to want to get something accomplished but being pulled in too many directions can often leave us feeling depleted of the inspiration we needed to complete the task at hand. During a meeting on Friday with one of the members from our design team, we discussed the different forms of inspiration out there for our design team to be able to pull from. Most times, workplace inspiration isn’t hard to come by, the key is to diversify your influences so that you’re not limiting yourself to just one way of pulling inspiration from outside sources. What do you do when you’re in a creative rut? How are you getting re-inspired? If you had to think too hard to answer those questions then this article is for you. Here are a few tips to help you find creative inspiration in the most uncommon places.


Sounds a bit crazy, but it’s actually a really great source for drawing inspiration. Glara Ahn who’s the Lead Designer for Dropbox talked about how the release of Beyoncé’s recent album, Lemonade had become a source of inspiration for her and her team. This shows that companies are seeing the value in extracting inspiration from full visual albums or music in general. The tools we need are often found in the most uncommon, peculiar places. It is our ability to tap into what isn’t the normal routine for us that usually gives us the inspiration we need. Music, uncommon yet effective when it comes to drawing inspiration. Whatever your taste in music is, now is a great time to start relying on it to get you inspired.

If Beyoncé can spend hours creating mood boards for Lemonade why can’t we?” – Glara Ahn 

A photo by Steinar La Engeland.

Look Outside of Work

It isn’t very often you find a solution to your problem by remaining focused on the problem. It’s when you go seeking outside of the source that you’re met with successful ways to help you tackle the issue you’re currently faced with. So why is it that in the process of creation we spend hours focusing on what we’re creating opposed to stepping outside of the project? Often times what you seek to complete at work will be overshadowed with work. Think outside of the workplace. Step outside of your project for however long you need to in order to return with your creative juices flowing.

Social Media

Over the past few years social media has become one of the most resourceful tools there is. During our meeting on Friday our main discussion was how we could better utilize sites such as Pinterest to serve as mood boards that foster innovation and creativity within our work. Pinterest allows you to make boards for whatever it is that captures your eye and makes you feel inspired. Being able to revert back to the boards you create on Pinterest is a great way to pull you out of your creative rut. Also, browsing blog sites, online magazines and Instagram’s are a great way to spark your creativity as well. OWP Pinterest


They’re out there. Whether the look books are in interior design, fashion or simply creative guides to inspire you to think outside of your creative box, look books are a sure way to inspire you creatively. Our partner Steelcase recently designed a lookbook of their own. They chose to design this book to showcase how the Steelcase family of brands can respond with spaces that blend design, materiality and performance. It’s an amazing resource for sparking creativity. Below is a look inside Steelcase’s look book, Inspiring Spaces or you can click here to download. 

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Hopefully the tips above will streamline your creative process in whatever it is that you’re working on. The key to a successful project is diversifying the ways you seek inspiration, eliminating all possibilities and not setting restrictions on the resources you utilize to foster innovation.

Happy Creating!