Was just reading this post on WebDesignerDepot on how to beat designer's block.
It's frustrating especially when you have a tight deadline, and you can't seem to get anything done, let alone started. What are the other ways you deal with designer's block aside from the ones stated in the post?
The "cut-up technique" has been used since the 1920's to induce creativity. (the technical name is aleatoricism: incorporating chance into the process of creation). Writers and artists such as William Burroughs and Brion Gysin explored random juxtapositions quite a bit in the 1950s/60s. One example: Burroughs would take a page of text, cut it up into 4-6 pieces, and re-arrange them, creating new sentences, words, and meanings.
Similar things have also been done with speech, sound, video, and photography. Throwing a bunch of random stuff together and seeing what comes of it. A musician called "Scanner" made a device that would scan the airwaves, and incorporate 3-second sound bytes from random sources (radio, television, short-wave radio, etc) into his live mixes during shows. Neither he nor his audience knew what they were about to hear in the mix.
Throw five random images into layers in photoshop. Randomly use offset with wrap around to each layer, randomly choose the blending method (screen, multiply, etc...), randomly re-arrange the layers. Do it fast, without thinking or looking at first, and just see what unexpected results manifest.
A creative director in NYC once told me he had a box of stuff: toys, office supplies, things found on the street, photos, words cut out of magzines, etc... Each day he would shake the box, pick two or three things out, and try to come up with three completely different ways to combine them into a creative idea.
Thanks for the info, never thought that concret info about my "technique"... Great to read.
I also do something like that creative director from NYC, i have a box full of flyers, catalogs, cutouts, etc... ;)