What makes you a good designer?

Are you an excellent, good or just a designer?


After some reflection and attempts (frustrated :)) to find a new theme to write, here is a question that has probably already made you lose a few minutes of your life and that has tormented me for some years ...

Or rather, will I be good or just another designer?

Honestly, whenever I reflect on this subject I get terribly confused... I know that, like all designers, I want to be the best at what I do. It is an unconditional truth for any designer to want to be recognized for the work he does, but how many of us work daily to accomplish so one day this can happen? I do it every day, and you?

“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible.’Hillman Curtis

I would say it's fascinating to realize how every designer wants to be the best at what they do. However only a limited number of designers can do it!I could be here all day defining an endless list of designers, but it would be impossible to end this list. Every day emerge fantastic designers with innovative solutions.

However, I identify 5 designers who I have been following and who inspire me (if you don’t know who they are, I can assure you that you are losing a lot...)

Tobias van Schneider
Jenny Johannesson
Giovanni Xu
Alexander Engzell
Lorenzo Bocchi

To be the best you need a key ingredient, BE EXTRAORDINARY GOOD IN WHAT WE DO!

We can’t leave anything to chance and constantly have an incredible desire to question everything as a four-year-old, who persists in asking the most important question of all: WHY?But with every "why" we get a little more complete, gaining tools and knowledge to anticipate problems, analyze various perspectives of solutions and refine our process.

“Good designers must always be avant-gardists, always one step ahead of the times. They should–and must–question everything generally thought to be obvious. They must have an intuition for people’s changing attitudes. For the reality in which they live, for their dreams, their desires, their worries, their needs, their living habits. They must also be able to assess realistically the opportunities and bounds of technology.”Dieter Rams

I would say that the best way to progress is to practice, practice and continue to practice.
Is this what makes me a good designer? Sincerely, I do not know....
But I know that becoming the best is not easy - it's an evolutionary process, long and complex.

So I leave some simple tips, which I believe are important for a designer, not just another one, but rather a good designer (these are for free :)):

Always wake up with a desire to do more and better. The best ingredient for creativity is being motivated.

Love your work
This is quite simple and is related to the first, we must like what we do.

Work hard, play hard
If you feel that you are working hard, try to work a little harder!There is no limit to gaining experience and knowing more! All effort, sooner or later, will be rewarded.

Always be attentive to the comments made about your work. Criticism should not be seen as bad thing or personal offenses, but understood as an opportunity to try a different solution. Or not ;)

Try it, try it and try it again
If you feel that there is "that scene" that will make your project be the best, do not let it fall to the ground. Do and try it. If it did not work out, then, the 10 minutes that you used, were the better spent time on the project.

Wrong is good
It should not be taken to extremes, but if you realize that making mistakes is an opportunity to prevent the same mistake from happening in the future, then make mistakes!

Well, I think that's enough... The next ones I would have to charge :)

If you identify with any of these points and you want to talk a little more about this topic, send me an email :) with what has been your experience and I will be happy to share with you what has been my last 13 years as a designer!

Posted by Bruno Cirilo