How to Believe in and appreciate your design work

When I first started learning about design I honestly had no clue what I was doing. I knew the technical side of things but I did not understand the thinking. Which started to frustrate me day after day. Attending art school you can start to become jealous of others who get praise for their work when you’ve spent hours upon hours on your work and receive little or no praise.

I learned from Debbie Millman to be prepared for what could happen if a client or someone does not like any of  the work you’d do for them. Also to just shut up and listen to what they have to say regardless if you agree with them or not. Because people who hire us to do design they do not understand design. So always try to remember what it was like before you learned what you know about design.

This video will symbolize what every creative person will go through in their career. I went through a period of doing crappy work and I am still working to get better. I am working every single day to get better as a designer. I learned awhile ago of the formula “work 10,000 hours to become an expert”. So if you do a little designing everyday just think of how much better you’d be. It does not mean that you will have to sit at a computer screen it can be photography,sketching,video just something creative. But none of this will matter unless you want to become better then you are currently. So in order to appreciate your work remember that everyone starts out doing crappy work and they work everyday to get better. One thing I will continue to do is to keep my old design work to look back on and reflect to see how much I have improved.