Truth be told, there are times when design block hits hard. The well runneth dry. We’ve got to scour for inspiration, trolling on blogs, Pinterest, design books, in search of something that sparks a fresh idea for a composition. It can be as simple as a layout.
Sometimes that creative hammer is pounding your skull and you don’t even realize it. Design is everywhere, we just have to open our eyes – or maybe squint a little. I’m squinting right now. Yup, it helps. Seriously. Squint.
Lines, shape, pattern, geometry are everywhere. We only need to filter out the noise to focus in on the little nugget of gold. We pieced together a quick play by play to show how pretty much anything can help dictate a design.
Say hello to Athens, Greece. This photo was taken a few weeks ago when we were doing some traveling overseas. Random wall on the side of a building with graffiti. It looked cool, I took a photo. The end.
But wait, there’s more! [Insert cheesy drum roll here] Squint. There’s a layout just waiting to be born. Throw that mother on the computer and use the natural lines to create a grid. An organic composition is created.

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Kill the photo and check out those grid lines. Ooooooooooo!
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Let the grid dictate the design. Layout the foundation to see what works compositionally with shape and contrast, hierarchy, blah blah blah.
Start plugging in the images or copy content to bring it to life. At this point, if you need to adjust a little bit to accommodate the design, go for it. An awesome foundation has already been set. Fill other elements within the grid, or whatever works.
The point is, we’ve got this design work based off a wall in Athens, Greece that no one would know about and would probably never exist otherwise.
And here’s one more for good measure.
Random community board / bulletin board:
Hey, there!