by Dan Eden

8 Feb 2012

I recently went through a major creative drought. For about a month and a half, I had absolutely no fresh ideas; I found myself recreating the designs of others, and practicing CSS techniques just to feel productive. It was pretty depressing, particularly after such success with Animate.css.

Then one day, I thought I'd try something I've never done before, and create an icon set. It was difficult, since it had been a very long time since I even opened Photoshop, and I've never worked so intensely on such a small canvas or with the pen tool - but it really kicked me into gear.

I found that by throwing myself into the deep end of unknown waters, I got a great burst of motivation, which suppressed my feelings of doubt about my ability to design in an unusual environment. If you're ever suffering from designer's block, try something completely different. You might be surprised how well it works out.

Dive Deeper

If you want to know more about the Pastry Box Project, you can read about the genesis (and goals) of the project.

Swim In The Stream

A stream of all the thoughts published on the Pastry Box Project is available. Keep it open somewhere, and lose yourself in it whenever you feel like it.

Meet Your Host

There are not only pieces of software talking to each other behind this website. There is a human, too. The Pastry Box is brought to you by Alex Duloz.

Stay Tuned

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