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Don't Limit Yourself - 3 Awesome Tips for Creatives & Entrepreneurs

- Friday, July 30, 2010 |

At Velora Studios we like to break down walls, erase boundaries and forget about limitations. We believe you can do anything if you put your mind to it. All too often you might find yourself stopping at a random point in a project and using some simple, stubborn and frustrated words such as: "It won't work"; "That's all I could do"; "It's over my head". Before you use these words again, remember: brilliant ideas, as well as limitations, most often come from within. One of the most important questions you should ask yourself next time you are having doubts is, "Why wouldn't this work?". By challenging yourself you can truly push yourself over the edge and discover that flying is way better than always walking on flat ground.

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1. You Can Be Your Own Critic

First, look at the situation from multiple points of view by being your own critic and your own fan. This helps you get a better idea about where you stand and how you should position yourself. If you are your own critic, you'll see your own flaws and set yourself to overcome them. If you are your own fan, you can figure out more easily what your personal brand image says about you, what's special about you and your style and you can use that to motivate yourself when things go wrong or slightly off track.

Then, you can be competition to yourself. What's the name for that in business? Benchmarking. It's all about monitoring your own progress, tracking your actions, purposely setting out action plans to achieve a certain thing. On a subconscious level, this type of introspection will help you learn how to set the locus of control more accurately. Sometimes, it's you who is in charge of everything and sometimes you just need to let it be and make the most of whatever you have at hand.

2. You Can Break the Rules

What is the worst thing that could happen if you break the rules? There are a few things that could go wrong but first let's see what rules are exactly. Rules are alleged statements about how things should be done if you want to achieve something. Most often, rules come from experience and are consistently enforced by people or groups with prestige/authority/influence. In a simple form, rules are prescriptions of actions.

But wherever they come from, most rules are intended to keep the status quo for the satisfaction and benefit of those who make them. Some of them work fine for everybody, others work better if challenged. To illustrate this, we chose the rule of structure which is a basic rule in design, but when challenged - incredibly creative things can be achieved.

It is true that all content needs to be built on a structure. Whether it's a very clean and neat layout or a specific set of recommendations on how the content should be presented, we take the rules of structure for granted and thus define the first limits of our work. In design, it is up to you to break the rules and find a new way to keep your content organized and clearly presented.

For your pleasure and inspiration, we have picked 4 examples of website design styles that challenge the rule of structure as we know it. has templates to choose from and very simple rules to keep content organized, but the app as such is challenging the idea of structure since it allows everybody adapt a given template to their own personality - no HTML knowledge necessary. With Flavors anybody can build a unique personal webpage and send a message about themselves in the way that best reflects their own style with a new approach to personal site layouts.

At you start with a blank page, which you will fill with statements, categories and quantifiable concepts of your choosing. Not only does the user have the freedom to tweak the rules of structure, but also the rules of logic and common sense description of things. One may track or present visually, by choice, any aspect of their day-to-day life that they feel is worth sharing via this gorgeous personal app.

Kaleidoscope is a great example of a one page presentation. Instead of using multiple pages, the website is divided into sections that show examples of how the app can be used. The site is designed with one idea in mind: make every piece of information accessible just by scrolling up and down. Not only is the idea of structure totally interpreted, but it happens in the most visually enticing, friendly and accessible way. 

What's really cool about IdeaPaint is the intro. They disregard rules of typical structure, and literally make their website into an experience of what IdeaPaint is. To illustrate, some products and services can only be experienced. It's hard to describe what twitter is like, for example, you need to experience it. Well that's what IdeaPaint does - you are experiencing their products by watching people using them. Most of us think flash intros are a bad idea, but if there were ever a good place to use one this is it.

3. You Can Be Disruptive

It may sound awkward - the environment we usually live in is as disruptive as it gets: social media, marketing messages, dynamic displays and so on. But there are a few ways to be disruptive that does not have to do with any of the above. Two words: Disruptive innovation.

Here are some tips on how to go beyond your own limitations by being disruptive.

For Start-ups:
Short circuit the flow of consumption as it is in one sector and power it again at another level.
For SaaS (software as a service) providers:
Develop for the future, spot the next big trends and invest in R&D using alternative solutions, rather that doing it in-house (create your network of contributing business partners and freelance consultants).
For Designers and Developers:
Use the best and most versatile tools, apps, coding languages you can get to practice and develop skills that will always help you stay one step ahead of everybody.

Endnote: Remember to take a step back once in a while to see if you are falsely limiting yourself in any way. The path to your goal is like a giant mountain, and the fastest way to get there is to avoid plateaus. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our email newsletter on the sidebar, and we'll let you know the next big thing we are currently working on.



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