Every 6 months, when I look back I have the feeling that I have improved. But I never feel ashamed of, because it was one important step into the “current” state I currently am. In 6 months into the future I hope I will have the same feeling, it will be a good sign.
Now, let’s get back to work.
I was wondering, does everyone get the feeling now and then that they actually suck? I mean, sometimes, I get back at my designs and say “Gee, how come people actually purchase this?”. I find the colours wrong, the spacing out of control, typography all over the place, etc.Is this a unviversal kind of thing? I feel tired and overwhelmed…
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I’d say that anyone who isn’t appalled by their earlier work either is a prodigy and has been writing flawless code since they first sat at a keyboard, or they aren’t learning anything. In the unlikely case that the former is true… I’m jealous. In the infinitely more likely latter case, they probably shouldn’t be trying to sell their work until they learn to… well… learn. Someone who is satisfied with mediocre work isn’t likely someone I want to buy a product from.
Being self-critical is usually a good thing, especially in graphics designing or creative industries in general.
Yeah, but it’s a bit more complicated. I think once you reach a certain point and realize what you can accomplish, you are always striving to reach a certain level of quality in what you do. Sometimes you don’t, and you feel like you suck.
But really a better perspective to have would be to look back on all your old work and say, “look how much I’ve grown.”
It’s also good to look up to the Giants and Masters of your craft, so that no matter how good you get, you will always realize that you suck compared to them, because everyone needs a humbling.
Look back? I don’t need to look back.
I currently suffer through every tiny design decision, slog and stumble through every technical advancement. I always feel that…ok…this is it. This is the job that will finally expose me for the hack that I am. I have got to stop trying to be good at illustration/graphic design/etc because I have lost my eye and ability for it. Everyone else is so damn talented and I f**kin’ suck. But then, I make a breakthrough. I feel proud of myself for a short time, and then the process starts all over again.
This is actually a studied and very real, socio-psychological behavior.
The Dunning-Kruger Effect
@dvhughes very true