When Your Creation Doesn’t Match Your Vision

photo by Nige Harris, via Flickr

photo by Nige Harris, via Flickr

So I’m in the midst of changing careers and I gotta say, it’s tough. But what doesn’t kill you, makes your stronger, amiright? I am going from a very straight-forward career that was based on processes, numbers and schedules to a creative, color-outside-the-lines-type of career in graphic design.

Lately, some of my designs have been a little ho-hum. I have this vision in my head of what I want something to look like, but the end result looks nothing like it. So that’s frustrating… It also makes me question, “Am I good enough?”  Thankfully, I’m married to a writer, who understands these doubts and assures me, these thoughts are completely normal.

Then today, I came across this video gem from Ira Glass. It was exactly what I needed.

 

 

So I am just going to keep designing. It’s all part of the process. And if I need to step away for a bit, I’ll read a new book. Or find a cool design blog. Or go for a run!

Signing up for a class helps me through creative slumps too. Today, I signed up for a free online class on Aquent Gymnasium, called “Coding for Designers.” I come from a print background, so I understand how to design for printers. But web design, or at least how to execute web design, is much more elusive to me. And this class is quick! There are only 6 lessons and they’re bite-sized enough to do one every day. At the end of the lesson, there’s a short quiz and an assignment. I’ve only completed lesson 1, but I’m loving this class and I definitely recommend it if you are a print designer wanting to know more about web design.

So what do you do when you have self-doubt?

If you want to sign up for the “Coding for Designers” class, please click here. Enrollment is open through September 2.

 

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