New Year’s Day. If you are anything like me, this is about the time you remember the resolutions you never kept or the bad habits you never improved. It’s when you decide to look forward, and promise to do, and be better than the year before.
However, I rarely reflect on what I’ve learned that made me grow in a good way. I may not have overcome my chronic over-snoozing or used my gym membership more than 2-3 times, but I worked hard, learned a lot, and hopefully became a stronger designer. Here are 10 things I learned as a designer in 2010.
1. Verbal communication is just as important as visual communication.
2. I can’t be afraid of change, and should design keeping in mind that everything is constantly evolving and plan to adapt.
3. I have a lot to learn but also a lot to offer.
4. Passion is key – in and out of work. Making time for the hobbies, people, and things that are important to me gives me more mental capacity to focus on design at work.
5. Run my ideas past people before getting too deep into them. Talking it out helps me make decisions faster.
6. Get opinions from people other than designers.
7. Always be open and aware, often times, inspiration doesn’t strike between 9 and 5. (or when you are awake)
8. Stand up for good ideas – but don't be afraid to let go of ideas too. A new, better one will come along if this one doesn’t work.
9. Change it up. Trying new tactics for brainstorming and leaving the office to work helps me stay inspired.
10. It’s okay to be scared or nervous. It keeps things interesting.
What did you learn in 2010? Happy New Year and see you in 2011!
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