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I read your post on Simple.Honest.Work's website about seeking originality. When you have moments where you discover that your idea has been done and you feel unmotivated or find yourself lacking in confidence, how do you, in that moment, push yourself out of that rut and get back to pushing forward?
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all I have to learn and what I want to do that I go from 100 to 0 because I don't know how to turn down to a reasonable 50. Would be interested to hear how you handle a similar feeling as a creative, if you've experienced it.
Link to original post: http://simplehonestwork.com/ponderings/a-search-for-originality/
I've thought about this a lot, because it's something I've struggled with.
As a traditionally trained print graphic designer, I have helped local organizations through things like creating a logo or creating a website. But, I think the best opportunity for impact is in providing design thinking and strategy. For example, if you consider how much improving the design of a weekly newsletter is going to help a non-profit the answer is probably: not much. If you think about it in a different way, that could be much more helpful, for example: does the organization even need a newsletter? Maybe they need to grow their social media presence instead, or maybe they would benefit in changing the tone and voice of their newsletter to reach a new audience.
To bring an example from my experience, I designing a logo for a local non-profit, but what really ended up being the most helpful was actually doing the work they needed to get done, which wasn't making a logo, it was interviewing members of their program and writing about their experience to share with the organization's supporters. It was also sitting down with the volunteer coordinator to talk about how the volunteering process could be improved so future committees are more focused and productive.
I've always been interested in design as something that creates better experiences for people, and I've found that to do this for my community, I've had more success focusing on designing better communication and a better process rather than designing visuals or a tangible object.
Going forward, I want to improve my skills in strategy and high level design thinking so I can really help design positive impact for clients and communities alike.
I bring my iPad in with a simple PDF showing my work that the interviewers can flip through. I like it because it's zoom-able, so I have this 24x36 infographic they can zoom into it. If I printed it, it wouldn't have the same effect. I do bring in my book samples just to have something to pass around, but in my last few interviews for more digital / UX jobs, the books didn't come out at all.
The books did save my once, about 2 years ago in an print graphic design interview, I forgot my printed portfolio (this was before I got an iPad) and showed only my physical books. When I realized I forgot my portfolio my heart pretty much stopped, but the books saved the day.
I really enjoyed your writing! I always admire when designers are really honest about how they navigate the field. I found myself in a similar place recently, leaving a full-time job in graphic design for an internship in UX, to learn a new skill. I'm so thrilled to be doing what I'm doing now, but it is always a bit scary to leave something you know for the unknown. Props to you for making the leap! All of the advice you gave is spot on from my experience - I often feel hesitant to reach out to the design community because I'm afraid of bothering someone or of someone saying no, but it's so true that you have to be open and reach out to move forward. Great advice!
Good luck! I'm confident you'll find something great.
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