Design has its own dos and don’ts but there are always fresh ways to do things. We probably just haven’t tried it yet.
Here’s a video of some awesome guitar-playing. It’s definitely not how one learns to play a guitar and it’s not even “correct”. If you started learning to play the guitar this way, bizarre fingering and all (more like playing the piano), someone passing by would say “that’s not how to do it, let me show you” and he proceeds to teach you the “right” way. But watch and listen to the beauty of “wrong” playing. » »
I’m (re)learning to draw starting with this book by Andrew Loomis. Something to think about, not just in drawing but in any of our creative pursuits:
“Success in the creative fields is always accompanied by distinctiveness, something that singles one out as an individual and sets him apart from the crowd. One artist can be as successful as another in his use of basic knowledge, without repeating another artist’s performance. If there is any way that one man in the craft can really help another, it is by increasing his knowledge of the craft itself, not in the particular qualities of the man’s own work.”
Admit it, don’t you just feel all fuzzy inside when another designer tells you you’ve got excellent work? (It’s different when you hear it from a client, you go “Hey, thanks!” but what do they know, right?) Or when you or your work gets featured on a portfolio site and it gets other designers talking, that would make your day. » »