11 comments

  • Sebastian GrazSebastian Graz, 6 years ago

    While this sounds amazing, not everyone has the fortune of working in a design company with such lax environments. Im looking at you London. I agree that every designer needs to go out once in a while to see the world to be a better designer.

    But when you only have 20 days of vacation a year to do so it becomes near impossible to see anything other than friends and family. Even more so when one is home at 8 in the evening after a full working day.

    What can designers do? Quit their jobs and do their own thing? Work remotely? This lifestyle will never fit everyone.

    Interesting insights nonetheless!

    6 points
    • Jessa ClarkJessa Clark, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

      Only 20? Outside of tech in the US most people only get half that.

      3 points
      • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 6 years ago

        Very normal in Europe too. And Australia. That's only the ones from my experience too. I'm sure there's more.

        0 points
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    If I wasn't busy, I'd write an article about being able to be creative under any circumstances.

    It's really up to yourself to make things work. If you keep telling yourself you need your freedom, sure. That'll happen. But don't tell us that punching the clock limits our creative freedom. 'Cuz it sure as heck doesn't for me.

    Could even juxtapose it; CREATIVE people will find a way to make punching the clock WORK.

    Remember, boundaries don't INHIBIT creativity, they REQUIRE creativity to be worked with.

    We're not some gentle creatures that require special treatment. Sure it'll help, but a hammock will help anyone feel better. Creativity isn't some magical floaty thing either. It's the ability to link pattern A to circumstance B. It's about connecting dots. It's all just stuff in your brain working together.

    So if you put constraints on yourself because you don't feel like working 9 to 5, that's you hurting your own chances of success.

    Now go watch John Cleese say the same damn thing.

    4 points
    • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 6 years ago

      It's really up to yourself to make things work

      This is it. Constraints can actually increase the creativity, because you need to make it work even with those said constraints.

      werk

      1 point
  • Rhys MerrittRhys Merritt, 6 years ago

    "Money is forgettable"

    I was trying to be open-minded about this article, but lost interest at this point. It reads as though it's come from someone living on fantasy-island, where the rent is free, bills don't exist, and my government isn't interested in the change in my pocket

    3 points
    • Account deleted 6 years ago

      Nah... soak in what he's saying from a "bigger picture" angle. He's not saying money doesn't matter. What he's alluding to is that too many designers get in their own way by focusing too much on the short-term dollars... but don't realize that the connections, referrals, etc you can get sometimes by taking less money here and there - or working on an occasional boring project - can yield far more for you in the long run.

      0 points
    • Brian A.Brian A., 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

      The money bit was where he lost me as well. The lifestyle he has is enviable, I'll admit, but his attitude towards money comes across as a bit lackadaisical. I'd love to be in a position where I'm able to take on fun and intersting pro bono projects regularly (who wouldn't?). In reality, though, I have expenses and debts and I need to ensure that my working time is optimized in a way that provides me with decent, dependable wages. All a matter of priorities, I suppose; he chose this lifestyle and I chose mine.

      2 points
    • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

      the interview makes more sense if you picture him surfing a sea of gold coins, Scrooge McDuck style.

      gold

      but seriously, the real moral is to focus on "good clients" that will help you build your network, irrespective of money, if possible.

      2 points
  • Jon MyersJon Myers, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    I've lived this "enviable" lifestyle.

    There are two extremes being pitted together here to make a point.

    One, over-worked, salaried designers and the cavalier, freelancing globe-trotter who has the benefit of a little business acumen and a network or now, Crew.

    Come on bra, just gotta chillza. No harshin, bra.

    The article has seeds of truth, but is overly simplistic and pandering to the desires of those over-worked designers who seek this "enviable" lifestyle.

    Further, it's painting an incomplete picture.

    And, on this note - I am not convinced you do your best work without some kind of routine or ritual for your craft, i.e., 'punching the clock'.

    Yes, you can churn out good work, but I'm not convinced being slumped over a laptop by the beach or impulsively just running out to surf without setting any boundaries produces excellent work.

    These impulses can break blocks and ignite flows and as such, useful from time to time, however, don't convolute it for something you just like to do and are making an excuse to do.

    If you like to surf, just say "I like to surf" - own it, and don't pussyfoot about it.

    We are kinetic animals, it's ok to move around.

    I've visited nearly 30 countries, I have lived in more places than I can remember, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Dubai, India, China, Taiwan, blah, to the blah, blah blah fancy me, and now I have lived Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the last 4 years.

    I've lived by the beach, worked by the beach and perfected my Coconut Cowboy Designer photo game. Look I'm working by the beachhhhhhh, you were..

    Ohh, and then I went in the other direction.

    I got a house here, three-story modern custom architected, custom fitted and built, Japanese influenced open air home.

    I built my sacred design temple on the top floor, designed a standing L desk I had manufactured, that over looked the outside and a Japanese garden on the patio it opened to, I had glass sliding walls installed and fitted it OUT.

    It was cool, I loved it.

    Customers who visited for design reviews, loved it. They had to stand for design reviews at the stadium desk. Oddly, reviews moved, quickly. Hmmm.

    Then it got boring AF.

    Then, I got bored being outside of the city.

    So, we moved back in the city - - - and now - - - the shocking, horrific end of this ramble.

    I got an offffffffffffficcceeeee. Oh F no, not that. Yes, sir/ madam, I went there.

    I'm sharing an office with a friend.

    It's big, it's modern, we have windows, and open views of the city. I have a big dual display workstation set up. We have other friends renting desks. We can close the door. The office is on the top floor of a co-working space. We can go down and mix it up.

    And, Sir Prize, sir, deals literally just roll right in the door. Opportunities, roll right in the door.

    I have my space, I have a ritual to get to flow state and have the opportunity to break the ritual when flow state is being blocked.

    When I get stuck, there are people around who can help me get, unstuck. If we feel like blasting out of the office and taking a long lunch, we do. If we feel like hopping on a plane and heading to Central Vietnam to Danang, to hang and work by the beach, we do.

    What works for me - is a balance.

    I can appreciate both ends of the spectrum that were highlighted.

    However, knowing what I know, knowing others I work with - - - you need some kind of routine in order to produce excellent work.

    If you're ducking and covering and focusing too much on the lifestyle side, you will produce decent work.

    And your customers will eventually see your humble brags on the Facebooks and get pissed, regardless of your output.

    Jus sayin.

    1 point
  • John PJohn P, 6 years ago

    While I agree with a chunk of this I think you'd really struggle to to come off as a more insufferable individual than this.

    1 point