Designer’s Block?

There’s writer’s block, but what about designer’s block? I’ve been trying to design a new template for a tech blog, but I’ve been unable to do so. I’ve got a general idea of how I want to lay-out the content and sidebars, but as for the overall look….

Not even design galleries have helped so far. I open up Photoshop to make a mock-up, and a pay around for a little, but I don’t end up with any viable results. I even tried “just having fun with CSS” to see if I’d get anything good. Did I? Not really.

If you have any tips for combating “Designer’s Block,” be sure to post them in the comments.

  • TechZilo

    Here’s a tip – take a break. Its easy to say – get inspired by CSS galleries etc. But sometimes, a break does wonders. Take a break from computer, and do things you usually dont….for me it was some gardening, reading etc.

    Once you refresh yourself, it helps.

  • Matt

    Galleries didn’t help, though they usually do. What I did was I grabbed my 5-subject Blog Notebook and walked around outside a bit. Before I walked though, I printed out some screenshots of a bunch of blogs/sites with designs I like (you know the ultra-coll, knock-your-socks-off designs). Walking (and randomly looking at the print-outs occasionally) was plenty of inspiration. I’ve got a sketch on paper, and I got a little into coding it, but currently I ran into an annoying IE bug with my CSS. So, the designs on hold until I get a response from the nice guys at :D