Ever wonder what designers think about on a daily basis? We talked to our very own designers and asked them to write down thoughts that crossed their minds during the day. Not only do they come up with creative ideas for projects, but in that process they also come across some thoughts about paper options, food and that dreaded “spinning pinwheel of death.” Here’s what we’ve collected so far:

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1 // NEED COFFEE NOW.That priceless brown liquid is more valuable than water at this branding studio. It’s what keeps our brains going. 😋
2 // Where did I save that picture?
9 out of 10 times…on your desktop or in that scary Downloads folder with over 1,000 files you haven’t sorted through in 5 years.
3 // Should we choose this uncoated or this uncoated paper?
Because gloss or matte are NEVER an option.
4 // What font is that?
This is probably one of the most-asked questions of any graphic designer. Because no, no 2 fonts were created equal. 5 // Oh, you want your logo to be bigger…?
The answer is NO. It’s already 4.5 inches wide.

6 // Is it lunch time yet?
FOOD. The only thing better than coffee. 😋 😋 😋

7 // How long have I been sitting here for?
Once you get into the designing groove, you don’t want to lose it. So when you start loosing sensation in your limbs, get that tingling sensation of lost circulation, get those early signs of carpal tunnel. You know it’s time to get up and move, but you just can’t. You’ll loose your groove!!!
8 // Go on Pinterest.
The solution for every inspiration block.
9 // It’s not black, it’s charcoal.10 // They want to use Helvetica/Calibri/Arial… Really?
You might as well twist that knife a little more into our delicate creative hearts.
11 // YES, LOVE IT!
12 // UGH, HATE IT!
Ugh. Nevermind. I don’t like it anymore.
13 // The. Pinwheel. Of. Death!!

14 // Ooh! Instagram post inspiration!

This usually starts when one of us finds a new AH-MAZING account on Instagram and shares it with the others. Which leads to 15 minutes of drooling over said account.
15 // Is it 6pm already?
Let’s be truthful. Creatives go, go, go until they’re burnt out for the day. Creativity comes in bursts and not always fits into a Monday to Friday, 9-5 schedule. It might be a Sunday afternoon and you’ll find any of us clicking away at our computer with freshly found inspiration. So, on any given weekday, when 5:55pm rolls around, those last 5 minutes of the day feel like an eternity to go out into the world and gather more inspiration.

As a designer, what are some thoughts that cross your mind while you work? Let us know on instagram or facebook @heliumcreative!