Practice doesn’t make perfect
Instead of trying to perfect your design skills, focus on learning new skills, learning how to adapt, and building resilience. These skills will teach you how to learn and re-learn, and as a result will crowd out perfectionism.
“In psychology, we have this concept of the ‘practicing mind.’ Everything is practice, and if you see it as such, there’s really no fear of failure – every experience is just a way of showing you what doesn’t work.” – Patrycja Slawuta
The $1.5m napkin: Paula Scher’s 5 min logo
The Citi Bank logo was designed by Paula Scher, who sketched it in less than 5 minutes on a napkin while interviewing the executives.
“It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn how to draw it in a few seconds.” – Paula Scher
Imagine having this amount of confidence in your logo design work!
Ten principles for good design
These principles by Dieter Rams outline the key aspects of good design really well. My favourites are 6, 9 & 10. As a designer – which of these resonate with you the most?