Tips for Inspiration

s a designer inspiration when creating is important. When it comes to staying inspired I like to work with some trips up my sleeve and in this post I will be giving some ideas to try out. If you have any great inspirations that you use why not sharing with everyone else? Let’s get started.
My first source of inspiration is music.

Music

When I work on a project whether it’s blogging for Where Stephanie Reads, or designing logos I like to jam to my favorite music using Spotify or YouTube. For those that know me, know that I listen to different kinds of music. What I like to listen to is either rock, metal, epic, and recently got into a cappella bands like Pentatonix. Below is a link to a playlist I use to listen to music.

My Playlist

YouTube

My second source of inspiration is watching YouTube channels about design, or books. So great youtube channels about design include Charli Marie, Roberto Blake, Brent Galloway and more. Check out my YouTube list to find some of my favorites.

Roberto Blake
Brent Galloway

Charli Marie TV
Mike Locke

Podcasts:

I like to listen to podcasts. Sometimes I like to alternate music and podcast throughout the week. Sometimes I will be in a jamming mood or just want to just learn something. My favorite podcasts include Bookriot, The Deeply Graphic Design Cast, Design Life, Smart Passive Income.

The Deeply Graphic Design Cast
Design Life
Book Riot

People:

People are inspiring. From listening to their life stories or just talking to someone can spark up ideas. I think its important to take time out away from the computer and actually talk to a human being. You be surprised how a guitarist friend could help you get inspired to write your own songs.

Books:

As a book blogger, I must have a books as part of my arsenal. I love books and how they can make you think, come up with ideas and take you to different places without leaving your living room. So great books I like to read are fantasy, science fiction, design, young adult and etc… If you are looking for a great book to read check out my book blog at wherestephaniereads.com.

Introduction to Stephanie

Today I decided to start my blog. A design blog. For those that don’t know me. I am Stephanie Noel. Some people call me Steph or Stephy and even Saney. I am graphic designer and a creative person. In fact I love to create everything from music on my keyboard, to writing short stories, a book blog, even word search puzzles if I have time and designs. What made me want to be a designer was an interesting story. I started from fine art background in high school. In school I remember be a messy artist that love to dabble into paint and pastels. The good days. But in my second year of college I discovered design and after the results of finished project I knew that being a graphic designer is what I am meant to.

Unlike painting despite it fun self, it didn’t fulfill my creative wants. It I didn’t want to just to create something to just be hung on a wall but I want to create something that meant something. Something that makes a difference to the world or to just one person. I also love graphic design because it brings other things I like and that is solving problems, communicating and message and function.

As a designer I have a passion for color, type and all things I don’t know a lot about. I love to learn new ways to design something. I area of interest is logos and branding. I like that area of design because it lets me help solve problems for others. From create a logo for a non profit to a new start-up stepping into the business world. I also have a have passion for marketing as well and like the combination of design and marketing.

Now in this blog, here is what to expect. In my blog I plan on sharing my life as a designer, my process on my projects, my favorite design stuff and since I did mention I am a book blogger I will be covering book reviews. There will more to come but this is start of the journey. I hope to have you on this train ride as I navigate the world of design and how to inspire someone else. Until my next post keep on creating.