Paul Schlacter’s Journey to Success and Inspiration
For people like Paul Schlacter, being inspired is a perpetual state, and they’ve learned to live and breathe in an environment of constant motivation. For some, this might seem like a pipe dream, but according to Paul himself in an interview for DesignRush, it’s mostly about finding the right source of motivation in your work, and following that path until you land a prospective opportunity.
Perhaps surprisingly to some, considering Paul’s current position, he didn’t actually know much about graphic design as a field when he decided to follow it as his main study, although he does admit to having an inclination to drawing from a young age. To him, choosing to study graphic design was mostly about making a safe bet that could allow him to develop in a familiar direction.
He’s evolved a lot since then though, devoting his time to studying more advanced concepts like motion graphics, user interfaces and how people interact with them, and other fields that, according to him, need more attention in today’s designer world.
Many people reading this would probably immediately wonder about the kind of daily routine that drives the work of someone like Paul, and according to him, it mostly starts out with a lot of experimentation and creative brainstorming. He mentions a large number of sketches at this stage, and he also stresses the importance of getting early feedback and reiterating on the original idea until it gets the kind of response he was looking for.
As for finding sources of inspiration, Paul explains that he likes to maintain a photo blog, in which he tries to capture an interesting moment from his life every day. These small bits serve as a major drive for him, and one can perhaps see some relevance to his work in those pictures after exploring them enough.
Getting Through the Tough Times
Everyone working in a creative field inevitably runs into the “block” problem at some point, and Paul is no exception – although his advice for overcoming the situation might not be what most people would like to hear. According to him, perseverance is key in these cases, and working on the problem until it’s gone is pretty much the only viable approach he has managed to find.
However, as simple as that piece of advice may seem, it also holds a lot of truth, as anyone experienced enough in a particular creative field would readily tell you. It’s important to have the capacity to just push through the more challenging times, and sometimes the right answer is not the most elegant one.
Paul also shares a quote that has allowed him to get through some of the more challenging moments of his life, a short but powerful sentence by Ray Hunt – “Make the right thing easy, and the wrong thing difficult”. Combined with a little discipline, maybe we can all get a little closer to Paul and explore our true potential as creative minds. You never know when you might find that you have a knack for something.
Featured image by Brooke Lark