I’ll be the first to admit that my skills in both craft and business are no where near where I would like them to be. I don’t think that I would ever feel right on point, and I’m okay with this.
My first year as a designer wasn’t too long ago. Like most people I know, I gravitated towards typography and minimalist design. The frustrating thing about design will always be the fact that it’s so easy to know what looks good and what doesn’t, but so hard to actually make them yourself. For the longest time I struggled with this, but I believe I’m finally beginning to form my own style and direction.
Every day from the moment you begin will be a constant struggle to bring something great to the world. To really get through the beginning you have to power on and keep putting out work. I’m a firm believer that determination is an extremely important thing to have to become a great designer. Everyone goes through the beginning. The one thing that great designers have on you right now is that they chose to put hours and hours perfecting their craft. They chose to keep going even when they felt that their designs might not be as good as they wanted it to be. Now I’m not a great designer so who am I to say these things? But I’m willing to bet this is true.
Enjoying the journey is crucial. It’s what will keep you going when you feel like you can’t do any better. I remember a time when I would stay up all night trying to create a good layout. By morning, I would look back at what I made and be absolutely unsatisfied with it. There are still times when I would find myself designing for hours on end and being unhappy with the final product. What kept me going was the continuous excitement I felt. I would change small details and see the huge impact it would have with the composition. Little things like that kept me going and more importantly kept me excited. If you find out and pursue what excites you about design, getting through the beginning will be much easier and less frustrating.