When Your Design is More “Twerk” than “Tango”
On correctly assessing design, there’s equal measure taste and experience.
On one hand, it isn’t possible to be a good designer with poor taste. On the other hand, however, a designer with good taste rarely gets to a “Tango” early in her career… when you effortlessly make your designs do a beautiful dance between the elements that make it whole.
Early in my career I more often felt the need to flex my nascent technical knowledge of design, “a bit more gradient.” “let me try a cooler font.” and “this just isn’t different enough.” weren’t uncommon thoughts.
Looking back, I think it had more to do with validity than necessity. I wanted to be validated as a designer who deeply understood how to use the tools of his trade, so I overcompensated on technical skill. And looking back, those gradients and fonts still look great! But looking back yet again, it was so obviously inexperience...
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