Why some designers are great

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Have you ever wondered why some designers produce amazing work, while others just mediocre?

Great designers eat, breath and live design. Great designers are passionate about their work.

Most importantly however, great designers never stop learning.

Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge acquiring period ends when one finishes school. The truth is that schooling does but little more than to put one in the way of learning how to acquire practical knowledge. Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often those who are known as “self-made,” or self-educated. It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education. The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The author of this quote was not a designer, however his point transcends professions.

As a designer, it doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you stop learning you are doomed for mediocrity.

A scary thought. Time to buy some books.

What do you think separates great designers from the rest?


Image by Thomas Hawk

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