Hearing other peoples ideas on this site has really inspired a lot of ideas for me. I have a creative and business background. The challenge is to channel your energy much like a song writer or any other artist and find your most creative place. Are you able to see the design,etc. in your mind before you produce it. Is it a collaborative effort with you and other colleagues? When I design something I can see it in my mind, sounds bizarre I know, but that can be a challenge for communicating to your idea to a client. Music and surroundings are the most beneficial to me....
You guys have to try this:
1. Shut the lights off in your office
2. Put Dark Side of the Moon on
3. Close your eyes and relax by using a simple breathing method.
(breathing method: Take a deep breath in and hold it in as long as you can, and then slowly release it. try this a few times and now you should feel relaxed)
Music Starts... track one... Don`t jump into trying to think and generate ideas just yet. Clear your mind, and just listen to your surrounding, the small ticks, pops, and music.)
now you`re one with the music and your thoughts.
let your inspiration begin!
Works for me all the time... This is called my personal down time. Im also big on trance, goa trance, and Tech house... so just about any CD in my collection works.
Hope this helps