One of the best things you can do as you develop your love of graphics is to create what’s known as a swipe file. A swipe file is a collection of images you can refer to, copy out and use as a source of inspiration.

But where to start? 

This is more about developing an eye for imagery and tuning into your visual sense than anything else. Sometimes we find inspiration in the unlikeliest of sources.

Unwanted promotional flyers that pop through our letterboxSwipe file
Magazines in waiting rooms
Logos on the side of vans

You can also find great inspiration by going onto Pinterest and typing in ‘graphic facilitation’. There are a whole host of images there to feed the imagination.

On Twitter I love to follow:
Diane Bleck
Christina Merkley
Tanya Gadsby 
..and many more to see how they develop their work.

I’ve written before about books; my top three being:
Visual Meetings by David Sibbet
Visual Thinking by Willemien Brand 
Beyond Words by Milly R Sonneman

Top tip: Keep a paper swipe file as opposed to just a digital one. Print out the images you really love that you see online and add them to a special folder or scrap book.

Reach for it when you need to step away from your computer and generate new ideas. It’s also helpful to have paper copies to trace over images you want to recreate for yourself.

All delegates receive a hard copy of a Basic Icon Library when they come on my Secrets of Simpe Graphics or Visual Thinking for Business courses. Remember to book on for September 27th 2019 or get in touch to chat about inhouse delivery.