Psychological barriers and how to break them down
I find that my computer is the main barrier to design.
Ideas are light, wispy things. They waft by on the breeze like flutterbies, much more easily captured with a pencil and paper than by thirty pounds of plastic, steel and silicon.
No matter how 'user friendly' your system, the computer forces you into thinking its way - it may be subtle, but you have to learn to use the computer to realise your ideas in the most transparent way possible. The computer itself is probably the greatest source of design clichés. If you can produce a cool, bevel-edged text effect with a filter at the touch of a button, just remember, anybody else can too. Effects are not ideas.