“I try to make things really good, and then I try to make something else. I don’t ever try to make anything perfect. In fact, I don’t believe in perfect. I believe in really good. I believe in a handmade object that retains evidence of its handmade-ness. And that, by nature, is never perfect. As designers, we don’t make “just one thing.” One project is not the end of the world, and it’s not the only thing to be made. A painting is just a painting, and there are more paintings. And you have to make many to begin to make good ones…”—Stephen Doyle, How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer
“Waves break in a water depth that is about 1.3 times the height of the wave, depending on the bathymetry of the sea floor. A steepness of 1:12 is an approximate slope ratio for a barreling wave. As the steepness of the slope increases, the wave doesn’t break at all. Instead, it surges up against the shore… and explodes.”—Good to know.
Remember that people get used to the way things are. Even things that are broken or complicated become things some customers want to protect from change because they’re familiar with the intricacies of how those things work. That’s why it’s so costly to let bad designs slip into products.
Just like you shouldn’t let sunk cost determine future decisions, don’t let sunk design trick you into keeping something in your product because you already put the work in. If it’s non-essential, take it out, think it over, and invest the time post launch to make it right.
”—Jason Fried - The mad dash to remove something before the deadline
“It’s bad enough trying to artificially turn a prospective customer into a delivery mechanism for your marketing, but requiring that they advertise to their chosen social circle is nothing less than appalling. The customer’s credibility, impartiality, judgement, taste and sense of personal ethics are all assaulted if they choose to take part in such a promotion, and the existence of the promotion invites such an assault.”—
Some interesting thoughts on promotions where the customer becomes the ad (ie. Tweet to enter, Retweet to enter, “Like” on Facebook, etc.).
Some great thoughts from Keenan Cummings on deciding to leave client work behind to work at a startup. Pretty well sums up exactly why I did the same.
I am was an agency-trained, senior-level, print/branding designer & I want to left to work at a start up. Here’s why:
This article was written near the end of an extended and intense job search last summer. I decided to document this career shift on an anonymous blog called Log/Transition. I have since moved into a position as the Creative Director / Co-Founder of Wander and will continue to write about the learning process here on Field Study.
-1-I want my work to feel valuable.
It seems the higher up the institutional chain you climb, the more abstract the value you generate, and the more you are worth. The roles become so far removed from the end goals they are managing, and you have to wonder how long you can stay focused on what matters — making peoples lives better.
“It sounds subtle, but these are the only days where I find myself getting anything done. I either start my day like this and feel normal and productive, or I look up and realize it’s early evening, I haven’t accomplished anything and I can’t bring myself to focus no matter how hard I want to.”—