Fresh Thoughts for a New Year
I ran across an article, “10 New Year’s resolutions for designers” by Mike Monteiro. I am not one for new year’s resolutions, nor the lists that often are generated this time of year, yet this one is worth the read for anyone who considers him/herself a designer.
From the article:
We have more processing power, affordable tools, and combined intelligence right this very minute than at any point in the history of design. We are using it to build shit. It’s time to aim higher. Let’s find problems to solve that actually improve people’s lives.”
How horrible for a client to have gone out and found a good designer and then get handed work that looks like something they would have done. Clients deserve your best work, not their best work. Really good clients, the ones I want you to work with, would rather be challenged than pandered to.”
Ninety percent of design is communication. Half of that will be done in writing. A designer who can’t write can’t defend their work. And work that can’t be defended will die.”