November 9, 2009
The graphic designer, Milton Glaser, composed a list of ten things he has learned over his career. For those who are unaware, Glaser is the designer behind the I Love New York logo and that Bob Dylan cover. Anyway…I love lists. But I especially love lists from the creative community. Maybe it’s because I don’t belong to those who are creative for a living, but they always seem to have a very different way of looking at things than everyone else. Or at least, they have a much more exciting way of talking about it. His whole piece is an interesting read though the lessons are most directed at the design community. I thought several were good to keep in mind.

3. Some people are toxic, avoid them – Agreed. Completely. Do not waste the effort or the time.

4. The Good is the enemy of the Great – “…if you are professional your instinct is not to fail, it is to repeat success.” This is something everyone should remind themselves of once in a while. I’m extremely risk averse. It’s so hard to risk failure when it’s possible to do a satisfactory job. But mistakes are how we learn, and I just have to get used to it.

8. Doubt is better than certainty“It makes me nervous when someone believes too deeply or too much.” Yes, you need confidence. But be open to the possibility and opportunity of new experiences and thoughts. Be open-minded.


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