Episode #91
You never know it all

Young designers don’t know the power of the sketchbook. Let me schools ya.

Music and links from this episode

  1. PHX by JCM
  2. Vimaana Praacheen (Flight Of The Ancients) by Munenushi
  3. Demi Gi by JCM

Line-by-line notes

  1. INTRO
  2. When you start to get older
  3. People think that you know better
  4. That you know more
  5. And that you’re just automatically better
  6. At being a human and better at your job
  7. The thing nobody teaches you in life
  8. Is the simple truth that everybody
  9. No matter who it is
  10. Is winging it
  11. And the day you start thinking you know it all
  12. Is the day you stop progressing
  13. This is Ask a Designer Anything, and I’m Craig Burgess
  14. PLAY MID SONG
  15. I’ve been a designer for quite a while
  16. Over 10 years professionally
  17. I’ve been designing stuff for even longer, and playing about with Photoshop…
  18. And websites for knocking on 15 years
  19. The point I’m trying to make is that I’ve been doing this stuff for a long time
  20. I’ve spent way over that ten thousand hours thing to become an expert
  21. And I don’t feel like any kind of expert
  22. Not even a little bit
  23. Obviously I’ve gotten better as a designer over the years
  24. I can come up with ideas very quickly
  25. And I can produce them technically very quickly too
  26. But I don’t for one second, consider myself complete
  27. Or consider that I know it all
  28. I’m too experienced to know that I’m not experienced enough
  29. Every day, there’s new things to learn
  30. New things to see and do
  31. And if I ever stop remembering that
  32. Even for a second
  33. I’m not developing as a designer
  34. And to be honest
  35. I’m not developing as a human being either
  36. When you boil down the very basics of what a designer is
  37. And get rid of the obvious stuff like drawing, and arranging things on paper
  38. A designer is essentially just a curious person
  39. You have to be curious about everything on the planet to be a good designer
  40. Because you never know when that insight you’ve found might become useful
  41. You can’t be one dimensional in terms of your knowledge at all
  42. You need to be curious about what’s going on around you
  43. And most of all appreciate that what you are now
  44. In terms of your knowledge, techniques and what you know to be a designer
  45. Could change tomorrow, next month, or next year in an instant
  46. I don’t think design as a job will be the same as it is now at all in ten years time
  47. I think what we understand to be a graphic designer in 2017 won’t even be recognisable as a career in 2027
  48. And I’m cool with that
  49. I’m actually excited by that
  50. Unbelievably, so excited can’t put into words excited
  51. And every designer has to be the same, if they’re ever going to be a respectable one
  52. You don’t know it all
  53. You’ll never know it all
  54. And the second you do know it all
  55. It all changes and starts again.
  56. That’s the life of a designer.
  57. You need to learn to roll with the punches
  58. Not sit and stare at the punch as it hits you in the face and breaks your nose
  59. OUTRO 
  60. This was Ask a Designer Anything. I’m Craig Burgess.
  61. Music featured in this episode was PHX by JCM, Vimaana Praacheen (Flight Of The Ancients) by Munenushi, and Demi Gi by JCM
  62. For a line-by-line run down of this episode, go to askadesignernaything.com/ep91
  63. I’m back tomorrow for another episode of Ask a Designer Anything
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