Creative output is difficult, maybe not in the curing cancer sense or knowing the math necessary to build a robot sense, but in the creative field under a deadline, you are essentially asked to make magic.
For every hour I spend on a creative project these days, I find myself spending almost as much time trying to figure out why it was sucessful, how it defines me as a designer, and how to make myself stronger and more flexible as a designer. There are times when I feel my veins pulsing with creativity, like potential energy waiting to spring into action, but so often there is a self conscious obstacle holding me back.
As my college career comes to a close, it is hard not to get wrapped up in a state of self reflection, trying to determine if you are really on track or doing what you are meant to do. I thought this was something only I felt. (Hey maybe I’m crazy… who knows?) The fact that conversations like these are hard to articulate and even harder to initiate didn’t help, but a few months ago someone showed me this post from Linds Redding’s blog.
This post is extremely different from most of his blog posts, but somehow, it was exactly what I needed to hear. It’s still what I need to hear, and I refer back to it often to remind myself that self-doubt is universal. The things he writes about his experience as a designer ring so true, and while some of the points are disappointing, I somehow felt more optimistic when I was done. I just thought this would be an interesting article to share; I’m sure it’s filled with knowledge someone needs to hear now more than ever.