Archive: Mar 2011

  1. Avoid Falling In Love with Ideas

    Leave a Comment

    A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech, is a book on creative thinking. It is a best seller on the subject and it also happens to be my latest read.

    I’m trapping the passage below for reference as it really resonated with me. It’s something I’m guilty of a lot. I find I get too attached to one solution and fail to explore other ideas.

    “If you want to be successful, don’t fall in love with a particular type style, because if you do, you’ll want to use it everywhere — even in places where it’s inappropriate.”

    “This also applies to ideas. I’ve seen people fall in love with a certain approach, and then become unable to see the merits of alternative approaches.”

    —Roger Von Oech

  2. Progression

    Leave a Comment

    Lately I’ve been feeling a bit flat with regards my web design work. I look at it and think “Meh”. This was compounded when a well known Web Designer took one look and said “Sorry, not good enough”.

    To say that comment has been on my mind is an understatement, it’s been like a noose around his neck. The Designer in question is well respected and knows–his–shit. So I’m setting myself a side project. I’m calling this project “Progression”. Obvious I know but that’s not the point.

    The point is I have to improve my skills as a web designer. I am not progressing as I should be. My portfolio of work is not bad but it all feels very safe. That’s not good enough, not today. Just a quick look on Dribbble is all you need to know that competition is fierce, it’s eat or be eaten my friends. Besides I have no other option, I am in this profession for the long haul.

    My plan with this project is to tackle design styles and problems that are outside my comfort zone. The goal: to see what new skills I can learn and to see what new styles I can produce. I’ll be using this Blog, Dribbble and Behance to log my efforts.

    With that in mind all that’s left to say is, “onwards and upwards”.