Burnout in the graphic design industry is not an unusual thing at all.
Add purchasing/running a new business to the equation and it`s no
wonder you are feeling the way you do.
About 11 years ago, after almost 20 years working as a designer, I was
wondering what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was totally burned out
on design. I`d worked professionally as a designer all through college
and for nearly another 15 years I`d been taking on every project that
came my way. I thought that was what designers we expected to do. I
was stuck - until my sister said "Why aren`t you doing what you enjoy
most?" I asked her "What?" She responded with, "Logo design."
It was a real slap up the side of the head for me. In redirecting my
talents/skills to what I enjoyed most, I suddenly had a great deal of
new enthusiasm for my work. The last ten years have been exciting,
challenging and fun.
In working independently as designer - especially after escaping from a
corporate cubicle - there is also the challenge of being inspired and
feeling like you are part of the actual design industry. For me,
working out of my home with little real world human contact, the online
design community has been a lifesaver. The interaction with other
designers, the inspiration from articles/websites/forums and the sense
of industry community has greatly improved my business outlook,
creative energy and work output. Some excellent online resources for
you might be:
HOW Design ForumDesigners Who Blog
Creative BusinessBefore & After
Some books that might be very helpful include:Designers in HandcuffsArt & FearCaffeine for the Creative MindA Whack on the Side of the HeadIdea Revolution
Creativity for Graphic DesignersThinking CreativelyCreative Utopia
A little book called The Savvy Designer`s Guide to Success
might be of some assistance as well.
I doubt if you`ve lost your mojo - it just needs to be recharged and redirected. Good luck!
Jeff Fisher | Jeff Fisher LogoMotives
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