As designers and creators, we personally put a lot into our projects to ensure that they are at the highest level of perfection as possible. Creating an original piece of work is one of the most gratifying things you can do, especially when you are free to create whatever it is you see or feel inside yourself. However, it is no easy task, particularly when there are standards or parameters to work within – a situation many designers find themselves in on a daily basis.
Unless you are lucky enough to be able to spawn a new idea, come up with its process, and put it into action instantly; creating an original piece of work does require some preparation and steps. Before creating an original work, you need to make sure it hasn’t been created, made, or produced previously by another person or entity. The simplest way is to start doing some old fashioned research. Do some online searches and look into your industry’s publications, blogs, and your competition’s webpages and social media. By doing this, you will not only ensure your idea is completely original and brand new to you, but also possibly gain new perspectives on what others in your field are doing and how you can create something better or different.Once you’ve got your original concept in mind, the next best step is constructing a plan to execute your final piece of work. This may take some time, experimentation, and development of skills or processes. Remember, the original plan may not always be the best one to follow through with! New ideas may spring up as you work through your course of action, so make sure to create some checkpoints for yourself to ensure that you are still on track to complete your project and keep it within your original vision. This is an original work straight from within, so expect some changes to occur but remember to stay true to your initial path.