What are your biggest obstacles?

almost 5 years ago from , user onboarding manager

Hey designers! I'm curious what are your biggest obstacles in your daily endeavours? Be it inside the team, with clients or in something else.


  • Val SopiVal Sopi, almost 5 years ago

    Believe it or not, for me it's always been someone that doesn't believe in the project and cannot articulate their thoughts on what we can do better!

    Saying "This will not work" without providing an alternative/context is a motivation killer for everyone in the team.

    Something I absolutely love is when someone says "This won't work! Here is how: a, b, c — agree?" — These are great people to have around.

    23 points
  • Matt WalkerMatt Walker, almost 5 years ago

    People and building relationships within the workplace.

    Design is easy, people are difficult.

    6 points
  • TomTom TomTomTom Tom, almost 5 years ago

    Constant client stream :)

    4 points
  • Wes OudshoornWes Oudshoorn, almost 5 years ago

    Energy and plans throughout the day that would benefit a 5 hour night of sleep.

    A natural sleep rhythm of 9 hour nights of sleep.

    Juggling urgent stuff (getting shit done) with long-term stuff (investing in myself).

    Netflix, Twitter and facebook.

    4 points
  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, almost 5 years ago

    Lead times. Some clients think that I'm just twiddling my thumbs waiting for their email/call.

    Yet another email sent today explaining how I'm not always available at a drop of a hat.

    3 points
    • Timothy McKennaTimothy McKenna, almost 5 years ago

      "Yet another email sent today explaining how I'm not always available at a drop of a hat."

      Bingo. I run into this with freelance clients and internal clients all the time.

      2 points
  • Michael G., almost 5 years ago

    Unfocused client meetings with no detailed agenda that end after an hour or two with no topics that pertain to my team and our work and nothing of value we need to offer. They end up being wasted time in which we're constantly listening for queues or our names to engage with others, but they never come and we realize we weren't needed during that time. It ends up being wasted time that could be better used being productive. It's amazing how much even a couple instances of this a week can throw off the entire week.

    3 points
  • Lucian .esLucian .es, almost 5 years ago

    Myself. Only that

    3 points
  • Timothy McKennaTimothy McKenna, almost 5 years ago

    Right now, it would be my team and I adjusting to a new focus and way of working. I was promoted to lead my team in the last 5 months. I was the newest member of the team, but I had the most varied experience and had a good bit of leadership/management exp. When I came on, I was charged to help move the team into a more product focused path (which I agreed is where we needed to go). I have a team of 5 people I work with and except for one of them, this is all their first salary job. Shifting the focus from brand building to product design has proved trying at times; the reluctance stems from the mindsets of how the team used to work (long, closed loop, pixel perfect, artist-like, siloed) to what we are moving to now (quick,open iterative, data informed, multidisciplinary). Slowly, it's been progressing in the right direction....

    For me, it would be adjusting the team to a new direction on top of understanding the C-level structure and managing expectations. My company is in the business of building and accelerating startup ventures and my department is considered a shared service, so we serve, as the design department, at least 7 different companies (I have always seen it as a hybrid of agency and in-house) including our own. We pivot a lot and keeping projects moving and progressing towards our deadlines (also something new I introduced) is a constant challenge.

    On a personal note, my main obstacle is the commute. 2 hours one way. It sucks. I keep asking my CEO to find someone trying to create a working teleporter and invest in it....but to no avail.

    3 points
  • Jan SemlerJan Semler, almost 5 years ago

    Developers :-P

    Some of them develop designs that come not even close to the designs i created and others just want quick n dirty solutions to get things done instead of creating something that is valueable to the user. But i work with a lot of good developers, glad to say.

    2 points
  • Giulio MichelonGiulio Michelon, almost 5 years ago


    2 points
  • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, almost 5 years ago


    1 point
  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, almost 5 years ago

    Not being able to comment with just 1 word here on DN.

    1 point
  • John PJohn P, over 4 years ago

    Lack of nepotistic opportunities. Paying my rent.

    0 points
  • Shina Memud, almost 5 years ago

    That I can't choose which project to work on or else, I'd go broke.

    0 points
  • Matt WilliamsMatt Williams, almost 5 years ago

    The warped wall... sorry

    0 points
  • Ryan B, almost 5 years ago

    Slightly deep, but the arthritis I suffer with. Nothing worse than a flare up during website launches. Thankfully, I've had very understanding clients the past couple of times it's happened.

    Also Reddit.

    Edit: Also this place tbf.

    0 points
    • Mike H., over 4 years ago

      Ah, I feel you on this one :( I've got rheumatoid arthritis and when I'm having a flare up, its hard to want to sit at the computer and move my hands a bunch. The fatigue that goes along with it can also make it tough to get focussed sometimes. Good luck with your arthritis, hope it doesn't keep you down too much.

      1 point
      • Ryan B, over 4 years ago

        I feel you right back dude :(! Yeah I agree with you there - the fatigue is a killer. All the best!

        0 points