How you gonna handle it?
One of the things that I have learned about my life’s “little disasters”, is that most of the time things are not as bad as the seem. You just have to wait it out. Let things play out.
I used to get upset when things didn’t go my way. I couldn’t help it. I’m the kind of person who needs to make sense of things and when they just don’t. I used to react. Sometimes irrationally with a dash of self-pity.
No longer. Now, I like to step back and watch things unfold. See if an angle does not present itself. Then when the time is right: make a move.
Pause for the cause
When you approach a design, whether it’s a logo or a 60 page booklet or a website – you are bound to bump into obstacles. Sometimes it comes in the form of client changes or something overlooked. You never know. That’s why they call it the unexpected. Deadlines rarely move when you need them to, and time is not your friend when there is an “X” on your calendar. Even still – Take a moment. It’s OK. Stop.
A whole lotta nothing
You’ll be amazed at what comes out of doing nothing at all. Let your mind levitate out of the labyrinth you have created and look at it from above. There is always a way out of it. Another angle.
Great design is about adaptation. Interpreting a problem through artistic and geometric tools. It’s not an exact science, but it does share many of the same principals as the sciences. Measurement and observation being two. Even Einstein stepped back to look at the black board from time to time.
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