To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, health officials highly recommend staying at home and isolating. The pandemic is serious, and with many people heeding this warning, some designers have found it challenging to stay creatively motivated during this time. Isolation can be socially draining in addition to being mentally taxing. As the panic spreads, one of the most important and healthiest things one can do is stay occupied. For creative types, here are a few tips on staying motivated to create during quarantine.

Daily Challenges

The constraints of isolation can actually be an opportunity for a creative challenge. While many projects have been canceled or on hold, this period is a time for you to create projects on your terms without the influence of clients. Personal projects are a way to challenge your own creativity and improve your design skills. If you still have projects to work on, great! Keep chugging away! This is also time for you to have some fun again if you’ve ever felt like you lost your spark for design. 

Contribute to Projects

If you need inspiration for daily challenges, then look no further than design prompts and worldwide projects. In the fall, there is the Inktober challenge for many illustrators and traditional artists, but there’s no reason you can’t do it outside of that time frame. For graphic designers and typographers, there’s 36 Days of Type, in which illustrators and digital artists are sharing their own creative takes on letterforms. A simple search query for design challenges will yield numerous options from which you can choose. 

Monetize Your Creativity

Paid work is a great motivator, but with COVID-19, many businesses have closed indefinitely, thus opportunities for work have dried up for freelance designers. Fortunately, there are other options for monetizing your creativity, such as licensing your work as a contributor to stock image platforms. Popular platforms include Adobe Stock, iStock by Getty Images, and Shutterstock. 

Virtual Museum Visits

While museums are closed, that doesn’t mean you still can’t go to them for inspiration! Many cultural institutions have expanded their digital offerings to now include virtual galleries and tours. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are some, just to name a few. 

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