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7 things I worry about as a designer


I've been a professional designer for 8 years. I LOVE it, and I can't imagine doing anything else. But nothing comes without its challenges, and no matter how experienced you are, how old you get or how much positive validation you receive, creative professions can often lead you to doubt yourself, worry and stress about things.  It's almost a natural order and and inevitable result of constantly putting your inner thoughts and feelings down as interpretations to be judged.

Working in a subjective career is one of the most stressful and most gratifying things to do. The anticipation of showing a client a new concept brings a buzz, and when they love it it's the greatest feeling in the world. However, criticisms come hand in hand with design and having a tough skin, a diplomatic mind and an ability for empathy with the client under pressure can be very good personal qualities to have. 

On top of that, creative people can be some of the most self critical people I know! I am no exception. So today I thought I would share with you some of the worries I still have after 8 years as a designer, and how I cope/live with/quell them. Perhaps it will help some newbies to the career feel like they're doing OK, and older ones to know they're not alone. If you manage to keep a 100% positive outlook on your design career, please write about it and share how! haha 


2016 Goals for Mab is Mab


2015 was very quiet on the blog towards the end of the year. I took a break from it, read some (a lot) of books without giving myself the pressure of reviewing them, thought about the kind of content I wanted to share on the blog in future and, actually, whether I wanted to keep going at all.

I've decided there's a definite YES to the question of continuing, but I have to admit I was feeling a bit demotivated by the end of last year. There were a mixture of reasons behind this, many of them life-related: work, personal pressures, general "doing other things", deadlines etc etc. Reading once again became my "switch off and escape for an hour" and I didn't want it to be another thing to tick off the list. So, I haven't posted a review in a while, and I think it's done me a lot of good. It's also given me a lot of space to think properly about what I want to do here! Which leads me to my goals for 2016...