The thing about doing creative work for a living is, there's no such thing as waiting around for your muse. You can't take a break while you wait for an idea to hit. Your work should be inspired, but you can't sit around and wait for inspiration.
That's not to say that you can't seek out inspiration, though. Making a point to consume good work created by others keeps me inspired and ready to create, whether it's digital and print design, visual art in a gallery...really, any work done passionately and well.
Along those same lines, I can't say I don't enjoy a good inspirational quote or two. If you're a maker for a living, and find yourself in need of inspiration, here are a few of my favorite quotes about creativity and design.
"Everything is designed. Few things are designed well." -Brian Reed
"Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful." -John Maeda
"Design is the application of intent - the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident." -Robert L. Peters
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -Maya Angelou
"Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality." -Charles Eames
"Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity." -Marina Abramovic
"An artist paints, dances, draws, writes, designs, or acts at the expanding edge of consciousness. We press into the unknown rather than the known. This makes life lovely." -Julia Cameron
"If no one's doing the creative work that you want to do, do it yourself." -Kate Baldwin
"Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up." -Tate Linden
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." -Steve Jobs
What are some of your favorite quotes about creativity? Where do you turn when you need some inspiration in your work? Let me know in the comments below.