I was talking with my mom the other day about a lesson I had created for Spark Your Creativity on creating a vision board. She remarked how refreshing it was just to open her mind to the idea of creating an inspiration board. How so often creativity and aesthetic choices become a matter of compromise. Your spouse or roommate likes one paint colour, you like another—so you choose something in between. You love dressing your kids in sweater vests but they only want to wear shirts with Disney characters on them. You dream of wearing a certain dress but it’s way out of your budget.
There’s nothing wrong with compromise. It’s healthy and necessary. Bumping up against limits is often what enables us to be truly creative. But this conversation opened my eyes to the beauty of something I had considered fairly routine. The blessing of a blank canvas. I had been lulled into thinking: you start a new creative project so you build a vision board. But one of the things I love most about getting creative is the freedom and possibility it offers. The fresh space it gives us to open our minds, gather inspiration and explore.
Sitting down in front of a new Pinterest board or a blank InDesign template is an opportunity to play, assess and discover. Before you dive into your next short story, room design, outfit or illustration, let your mind wander. Build a vision board that inspires, intrigues and delights you. Because the freedom to create is a beautiful thing.
Interested in creating a vision board in InDesign? Download a free template here and check out the video below for tips on how to set it up.
What tools or methods do you use to get inspired? Do you love creating a vision for each new creative project?