5 Design Exercises to Stimulate Your Mind

It comes as no surprise that even the most creative minds need to actively be stimulated AT LEAST once in a while, especially when they’re stuck in a rut. While having focus on a project is generally a good thing, we all need to pull away and open our mind through other things. Creatives love to come up with various, often random, ideas and execute them for a reason: like a pencil dulled by constant use, our skills also need sharpening in order to get better.


We’ve compiled a few exercises you can do to inspire and stimulate your creativity.


1. Bringing Monster Doodles to Life
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Find photos of monster doodles made by children online. Create and sketch your own version of said monster. Transfer your draft from paper to the computer and use Photoshop to bring your version of the monster to life.

2. Designing Logos
More likely than not, companies who hire designers already have an idea or at least guidance notes for how they want the logo to look like. Depending on how you look at it, this can be a good or bad thing. Anyway, test out your skills without the limits by looking for startup companies online. Choose one and treat the company profile and project summary as a client brief. Create a few versions of logos. Afterwards, scrutinize and criticize each of your designs.

3. Creating Internet Memes or Photo Comments
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The greatest opportunities to manipulate photos (or make a sketch) and have a reason to show people are through social networks. Typographical errors, wordplay, and conversations about various hypothetical scenarios happen often in comments sections, and it’s only a matter of time before you come across something like ‘Jurassic Parka’. Also try your hand and creating ‘the most Internet photo ever’.

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4. Creating Advertisements for Weird Products
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Search for weird products online (trust us, there are a lot), pick your top three, and try to create advertisements for each one. It can be in the form of a poster, a television commercial, a radio commercial, a graphic design, anything you can come up with.

5. Packaging Yourself
As a designer, you offer your services; therefore you need to be able to convince potential clients to hire you. Think of a way you can package and advertise yourself. If designers were literally sold in stores (a horrible thought, but interesting nonetheless), how would you like your packaging to look like?


You know what they say: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Make sure you do a few exercises at least once in a while to keep your mind sharp!