Hard-earned Advice for Creative People
Say no by default
Having worked with design for quite a few years now, I’ve learned my share of lessons and picked up a few do’s and don’ts. For your reading pleasure, here they are, neatly compiled into bullet points. Your thoughts on these are most welcome. Oh, and feel free to chime in with your own advice.
- Design matters much less than you think.
- People viewing your design will have a radically different understanding of it, than you have.
- Being creative on demand gets easier the more routine you get.
- If in doubt, add an outline.
- Sometimes, we must let go of the things we appreciate the most, in order to do what is expected of us.
- Learn to save often.
- For the tedious repetitive things you do, if you can, create tools or processes to do them for you.
- Say no by default. If someone asks you to lift a finger, your no brainer response should be “No”. Only when you’ve thought long and hard about it, consider saying yes.
- Stay miles away from people who tell you things like “do this for free and I’ll get you other clients—I know people in the business”.
- Never do creative work for family members.
- Forget about perfect. Nothing is perfect. Nothing can be perfect. Also, nobody looks close enough to see it’s not perfect.