The Gap Behind Design Taste & Skill

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November 9, 2021

One of the most comforting pieces of advice I’ve received over the years is that when you start out as a designer, you’re not going to think you’re good.

Specifically, you’re going to struggle with creating things that measure up to your “taste,” which Ira Glass calls “The Gap.”

When I first started, I was really hard on myself. I often didn’t like anything I made. I knew I wanted to be a designer, but sometimes that gap felt so overwhelming that I’d want to give up entirely, and I even struggle with this to this day.

I think this can apply to all creative industries, whether you’re a copywriter, photographer, interior designer, or painter. We have these visions in our heads of how we want our creations to look a certain way, but it takes a long time to hone and develop that skill.

So if you’re just starting out, or maybe you’ve been at your profession for a few years, don’t give up on refining your craft. ❤️ One day, you’ll be able to sit back and think, “wow, I love this. It’s me.”

And speaking of this, here are some old logos of ours ???? The second one took two minutes to make…I was overwhelmed with work at the time and needed something to put on our invoices ????

P.S. I highly recommend watching The Glass by Ira Glass on Vimeo! It’s such a great reminder for creatives.

THE GAP by Ira Glass from Daniel Sax on Vimeo.

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