Quick Confidence

Newsletter Issue #
May 24, 2023
Prompt #1

Renew your vows

I love the premise of Fabricio Teixeira's website 'Lessons of Design'. After almost 20 years of being a designer, like wedding vows, he’s reflected about what he finds compelling about being a product designer (or 'product of design'), with the hope that by writing down what he’s learned, he will inspire other designers.

He’s got many great insights; here's the top 10 that resonated most with me:

  • You're never bad at something, you're just new to it.
  • Whenever there is an argument between two ideas, find the third idea.
  • Find the ideas that scare you. Invite them over. Give them a try. At a minimum, even if they don’t work, you will be less scared to try them next time.
  • Simplify by finding elements in your design that are serving a similar purpose. Either pull them apart, group them closer together, or merge them into one.
  • Simplicity is repeatedly saying no to almost everything.
  • You don't—ever—have to be rude when you say no. At work, and in life.
  • Create space for the eyes to pause.
  • Usability is not everything. Remember about usefulness.
  • Choose consistency over intensity. Consistency compounds. Consistency makes things last.
  • Give credit even where credit isn’t due. Credit is a designer’s currency.

There's many more great insights, you can read all of them here: Lessons.design.

Is it time to renew your vows as a designer and reflect on what you've learnt?

Prompt #2

Khroma colour tool

I’ve been playing with a free colour tool that helps you design with colours you love. First, it asks you to set your colour preferences by choosing 50 swatches from a range of options, and then it generates an unlimited number of colour combinations based on your preferences.

For me, it was pretty bang on – I immediately saved a few palettes for future use (and added it to my Designer’s Toolkit for future reference). Pretty cool!

Check out khroma.co

Prompt #3

Believe the world is worth it

"You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices.” – Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was a renowned British-Iraqi architect, widely celebrated for her groundbreaking and futuristic architectural designs.

As designers, our work requires dedication, perseverance, and a belief in the power of our craft. It's important to remember the impact our designs can have on the world around us, and believe our effort is worth it.