The ebb and flow of our available time as designers is in constant flux. How we manage it can be the lifeline we reach for prior to burnout.
I’ve just reached post 25 of the originally intended 100. I am now officially one-quarter of the way through this personal little project of mine.
Much of what we get out of a design school education is slanted to satisfy the primary purpose of making a designer employable upon graduating.
Design education needs more focus on developing soft skills in their freshly minted designers. Talking about the intangibles of this career is beneficial.
As designers we at times have trouble saying, “no”. Amazing projects seem to drop in our laps all the time, but should we always say, “yes”?
I’ve been thinking on the subject of down time and the importance of resetting. This is most likely because I’m so completely horrible at striking that balance between work and real life.
There need to be more designers who write. When I say “write”, I’m not talking about those same 100 blog topics that every studio and agency re-hash.
I often talk about how important the act of reading is to a designer. I don’t have many platforms or soap boxes that I get on regularly, but the importance of staying current and understanding our place in the stream of time through continued education is one of them.
It’s almost a right of passage—stepping out on your own and carving your niche as a freelancer. The desire to do things your own way can be completely exhilarating.
“I don’t like to read” are some of the most painful words I hear uttered on a semi-regular basis.