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?

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  • Antoine Guédès

    I totally agree with you. It’s all about passion and everyday learning. (:

  • Antoine Guédès

    I totally agree with you. It’s all about passion and everyday learning. (:

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  • http://twitter.com/vijeesh_vj VJ

    Great inspiration !!

  • http://twitter.com/vijeesh_vj VJ

    Great inspiration !!

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  • http://twitter.com/BlairThomson Blair Thomson

    never a truer word…. and learning comes in many forms

  • http://twitter.com/BlairThomson Blair Thomson

    never a truer word…. and learning comes in many forms

  • Thejaydawg

    my answer comes with only one simple word: following.

    yup. Don’t simply follow the “trends.” Learn to look at things and imitate them. Learn to imitate them, then change them into different things, and repeat. That’s how things evolve. New ideas always have space for unnoticed ideas.

  • Thejaydawg

    my answer comes with only one simple word: following.

    yup. Don’t simply follow the “trends.” Learn to look at things and imitate them. Learn to imitate them, then change them into different things, and repeat. That’s how things evolve. New ideas always have space for unnoticed ideas.

  • Anonymous

    This post reminded me of a book (‘Bounce’ by Matthew Syed) that someone lent me last week. I haven’t opened it yet but from the back cover (cut’n’paste from Amazon):

    “Just what does it take to become the very best? Matthew Syed uncovers the “hidden logic of success” behind the careers of world-beaters from David Beckham and Serena Williams to Mozart and Picasso. Looking at the latest in sports science, neuroscience, psychology and economics, Matthew reveals the idea of God-given talent to be a myth, and that the key to achieving greatness lies in hard work, and the right attitude and training. Along the way Matthew explains how memory and inspiration prime our brains for success, why top sportsmen are able to see and perceive faster than the rest of us, and how genes are starting to matter – but not in the way you might think. In Bounce, Matthew draws a new map of the road to the top. Winners aren’t born, they are made. Talent is something you build yourself.”

    • http://www.logobird.com.au/blog Duane Kinsey

      Sounds like an interesting book Nick. Will have to check it out. Cheers mate.

  • http://www.josephblalock.com Joseph Blalock

    I also have this book and agree with everything it says. It all comes down to passion and hard work for what you are wanting to be successful in. Talent is the result of the application of those two things.

  • http://www.maxmonastyrev.co.nz Max

    In essence this is the closest to the truth.

    From experience, it seems that, no matter how much I learn, relating to something specific, there is always more to learn, there is a realization that you must always be open to it, or as described, be doomed to mediocrity.

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