Episode #155


Self-indulgence is vital as a designer.

Music and links from this episode

  1. Outro by Komiku
  2. The Life and Death of a Certain K. Zabriskie, Patriarch by Chris Zabriskie
  3. The Simulation Hypothesis by Revolution Void

Line-by-line notes

  1. It’s easy as a designer
  2. To get bogged down in the day to day humdrum
  3. Of things like client amends
  4. Projects not going your way
  5. Or you just not being able to produce your best work
  6. That’s why it’s OK sometimes
  7. To give into self-indulgence
  8. And indulge yourself in some side projects
  9. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  10. Peaks and troughs are natural in anything you do
  11. Something can’t be amazing without there being something bad to compare it against after all
  12. And even today, I go through times where the work I produce isn’t my best
  13. Or I don’t feel its my best
  14. Even today, I still doubt my abilities
  15. And question whether I’m a good designer or not
  16. And wonder endlessly whether I’m good at my job
  17. It’s natural
  18. It’s self doubt
  19. It’s what we all do.
  20. I don’t seek to remove self doubt in my life though
  21. Because I see self doubt as a positive thing
  22. When I’m doubting myself, I know it’s usually for two reasons
  23. I’m doing something new or challenging
  24. And I care about doing a good job
  25. And neither of those things are things to avoid
  26. Obviously I know I care about doing a good job
  27. But even when my subconscious is doubting
  28. I know even in my subconscious I care about doing a good job
  29. That was a weird meta-tangent
  30. Anyway
  31. The reason I say this is to make a point that everything we do won’t be great
  32. Every design you knock out isn’t going to be your best work
  33. But there is a place where you can always do your best work
  34. And if it doesn’t turn out to be your best work, you can just scrap it and try again
  35. In side projects, you can always try and do your best work
  36. There’s no restrictions on time, effort, feedback
  37. You just do the work you want to do, when you want to do it
  38. That’s self-indulgence
  39. And whilst the word indulgence is often seen as a perjorative
  40. I don’t see it like that at all
  41. To get better as a designer you need to be indulgent
  42. If you stick to the sometimes tight confines of a client brief
  43. You’ll never push past and do your best work
  44. Often clients don’t let you do your best work
  45. Not because they’re bad clients
  46. But because some of your design work won’t ever be applicable in a commercial setting
  47. For example, I’ve spent about 4 weeks on and off making a illustration of Jeremy Corbyn with a Hulk Hogan badanna on
  48. I didn’t do it because I had a client in mind
  49. I did it because it popped into my head and I had to produce it
  50. It was purely self-indulgent, and unlikely to be ever sold to any kind of client
  51. But I had to do it, because I wanted to
  52. That’s self-indulgence
  53. And I believe we should sometimes give into it.
  54. MUSIC
  55. This was AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  56. Music featured in this episode was:
    1. Outro by Komiku
    2. The Life and Death of a Certain K. Zabriskie, Patriarch by Chris Zabriskie
    3. The Simulation Hypothesis by Revolution Void
  57. For a line by line rundown of this episode go over to https://www.askadesigneranything.com/ep155
  58. Find me on Twitter at @craigburgess
  59. I’m back tomorrow

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