10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be a Designer

10 Reasons You Shouldn't Be a Designer

Did you know that becoming a designer is relatively easy? You go to school (some people even skip that part), you interview for a job or start your own freelancing business, and then you start getting paid in exchange for making stuff look cool.

That’s about it.

Or is it?

Becoming a great designer — like becoming great at anything — takes a lot of practice, hard work and dedication. Maybe you are a student wondering if a design major or minor is the right way to go. Or maybe you are already a designer but you’re wondering whether a career as a designer is really right for you.

If you get through reading this article and find a couple reasons why you shouldn’t be a designer, it’s probably no big deal. If, on the other hand, you find that the huge number of these reasons apply to you, you may want to re-think design as a career.

1. You’re Not Artistic

I know this seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth discussing. Some people have the mentality that designers and artists fall into two completely different, only vaguely related categories.

In reality, that type of thinking couldn’t be farther from the truth. Designers are artists — or at least they should be. Just because so much of what designers do these days takes place on a computer doesn’t mean there is no art involved in the modern day design process.

You're Not Artistic

Many of the best logo and website designs start as sketches on a blank piece of paper. If you take the time to notice, you will see that many of the software applications designers use take cues directly from the art world. For instance, Photoshop and Illustrator — industry-standard software in the design field — both have painting-inspired features and vocabularies.

2. You Don’t Have Passion for Design

To be a great designer, you’ve got to have passion for creating things. Having passion is more than just liking or tolerating something. Passion pulls you in full-throttle, and makes you thirsty for more.

If you aren’t incredibly passionate about becoming a designer, don’t become one.

Burnout is a big obstacle for many designers; just wait until you’ve been working on the same type of project for months on end. That’s when you start to feel burned out and that’s when your passion will fuel you to push forward.

3. You’re Easily Distracted and Have a Hard Time Meeting Deadlines

Design requires the ability to focus, oftentimes for long periods at a time. It’s not to say that people with ADHD can’t be good designers as many believe that individuals with ADHD can hyperfocus on things they’re interested about — which is a big plus.

Are you planning on working for a local advertising agency? Ask yourself if you can sit through the time required to tediously and meticulously add realistic shading, remove skin blemishes, tweak typography and play with color combinations on an ad piece or a poster design until you reach pixel-perfection, sometimes over a weekend to meet a deadline.

Don’t get me wrong, design isn’t all work and no play, but there are times when you’ll need to concentrate hard on finishing a task for an extended period of time.

4. You’re Not a Good Communicator

How well do you get along with people? Do you work well in groups? If these questions sound familiar, you must have applied for a job sometime in the last few years. Business owners are putting a premium on communication skills these days, and it’s really no different for designers.

There are times when you’ll be working solo, but there will also be times when you’ll need to collaborate, take orders, give orders, and so forth.

When I say you need to be a good communicator to be a good designer, I’m not talking solely about being able to effectively talk to clients and people you collaborate with. I’m also talking about the medium of the work itself. After all, design is essentially a form of communication — the only difference is that design is visual instead of verbal.

5. You Don’t Respond Well to Criticism

When someone tells you there is room for improvement, do you feel the urge to punch them in the face? Criticism — and the ability to incorporate insights gleaned through critiques of your work into your projects to make them better — is an everyday part in design.

Obviously, you can’t go around punching people in the face all day, so do you have what it takes to understand the role that criticism plays in design? Nobody likes to be told their ideas are no good, but sometimes it’s not worth arguing.

If you are a freelancer, for example, your client (who is not a designer) may want to make some changes that don’t work well, or give you some harsh (even if inaccurate) criticisms. It’s best to roll with the punches so you can get paid for that project.

Alternatively, if you work as an in-house designer, your superiors are probably going to be standing over your shoulder telling you what works and what doesn’t (even if you don’t agree). It will take time to work your way up the ladder until you are the one who calls the shots — in the meantime, can you take the heat?

6. You’re Bad at Brainstorming

Designers need brainstorms like koalas need eucalyptus — without the ability to brainstorm effectively, you’re as good as dead.

Every design starts as an idea. Originality is everything in the design world. Even the best designers get stuck at times, but the truly great ones drive a mental bulldozer right through any roadblocks and keep going strong.

So, if you’re driving a mental tank, you’ll make a great designer, but if you’re riding in a mental clown car…

7. You’re Always Disorganized

Designing requires good organizational skills. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. It all starts with your workspace. If you work in an organized environment where your stuff is easily found, you’ll be more productive. But it doesn’t end there.

You're Always Disorganized

You’ve got to organize your schedule as well, but there’s more, much more — design itself is an organizational task. You’ve got to organize information in a way that makes sense to people who view your designs. Design is, to a large extent, the art and science of visual organization.

8. You’re Lazy

Laziness is the enemy of good design. Students, I hate to break it to you, but gone are the summers where the most important thing to do was catch up on daytime television. Once you graduate from college, you’re going to be working full time.

If you choose design as a career, you’re going to have tasks to accomplish (surprise, surprise). It’s something like schoolwork except if you don’t "turn it in" on time, you’ll get an F for Fired. It’s that simple, really.

If you want to get paid as a professional designer, you have to work. And you can’t just work, you have to do good work. To do good work, you have to practice, put in the hours and not give up.

9. You Hate Not Being Physically Active on the Job

Designing is not running. It’s not swimming, it’s not hiking, it’s not snowboarding. It’s not a physically strenuous  job. You’ll spend the majority of your day in a chair getting to know your computer monitor, mouse, keyboard and pen tablet a little better.

You Hate Not Being Physically Active on the Job

If you want to maintain your physical fitness, you’ll have to do that on your own time.

10. You Don’t Like Learning

If you barely survived college — and let’s be honest here, it’s literally not rocket science, design is one of the world’s easiest majors — you may not like what I’m about to say next.

Design requires a lifetime of constant learning to maintain relevance. Some people enjoy learning (especially if they are passionate about what they do for work), but others shy far, far away from it.

New versions of programs are always just around the corner, new technologies are born and designers must learn how to create for new mediums all the time. Learning new things and changing your set ways (if having set ways is even an option as a designer) is a huge part of the job.

Some Parting Words

Design, like any profession, takes dedication. You should only consider a career as a designer if you are truly passionate about design, have strong communication skills, can organize yourself and information and love to learn new things.

What are other traits that designers can’t afford to have? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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About the Author

Chris McConnell co-founded the Brandeluxe network of sites, which includes Freelance Review, Design News Source and Daily Design Advice. Be sure to follow @Brandeluxe and @DesignNewsSrc on Twitter.

This was published on Jul 20, 2010


Bec Matheson Jul 20 2010

Interesting article! I’d agree on the whole… although in terms of ‘artistic’ I would suggest you’ve got be cluey but not necessarily a brilliant artist. I can’t draw beautifully as much as I’d love to, however I can still sketch enough to get ideas on paper and it so far seems to be working. Oddly (or maybe not) design to me is more about creating order than creating art.

flynn like Jul 20 2010

i’d add 11… you make sites that look like it’s awful!

Harry Ford Jul 20 2010

The main and to be honest only reason I ever doubted my career in design was due to the lack of physical activity I was doing daily. I became really unhealthy and started to put on weight.

I realized I had to change my attitude quite quickly to adapt with my job. Now I work out at home daily and go for walks every weekend. Since then I have produced more work & of a better quality and have never looked back.

Jacob Gube Jul 20 2010

@Bec Matheson: I think what Chris meant was that you should have artistic knowledge, not necessarily painting or drawing skills. You should be one of the people your friends go to, for example, advice on pairing colors of their house curtains because you have an “eye” for those things.

@Harry Ford: Yeah. It’s a life-changer. You’d have to wake up earlier to go for a morning run, or risk being too tired from working and go later after work.

Mariusz Jul 20 2010

This post has lots of wrong points, actually. I am naturally lazy, but you can easily fight with it, still being successful. I am pretty disorganized, but I know where I have stuff. Also, doing some web development while being web designer helps you train your mindset to get more organized.

I work as a web designer for 10 years now, without any major breakdowns.

Rich Moog Jul 20 2010

Looks like I’m in the right career then! I must say, there are times when the client leads me to think I’m not! ;-D

ditatompel Jul 20 2010

Brainstorming for me. Thank you very much for this article. =)

Zlatan Halilovic Jul 20 2010

I see #5 as a plague of today’s society. Wherever I go (and I’m not just talking about the design world, I mean the IT professions in general), I meet people with big egos, who can’t handle even a little criticism. Luckily, I don’t have any problems with accepting it, but on the other hand, I do have some problems with accepting bad criticism, because there a lot of people who give criticism on the behalf of the work of others just to make themselves feel superior, smarter or better than the person/s whom they’re giving criticism to.

Rochelle Dancel Jul 20 2010

Great article. That said, I’m sure many of us working designers would admit that there are times when we are guilty of at least one of these points – the reason we’re still working is that we inevitably bounce back ;)

Dimitris K Jul 20 2010

Reasons 3 to 10 apply not only to design but to many other professions. Being lazy and disorganized can be serious drawbacks if you work in accounting.
Reason 1 can take a lot of debating, its much more than photoshop filters, I can see the logic of both sides and it would take much more than a comment to discuss it.
With reason 2 I agree 100%.
One final note for reason 6: Brainstorming is a quite new word, most of the great designers in history probably never heard it in their lives.

Art DeGuzman Jul 20 2010

I agree!

Jeprie Jul 20 2010

My score is 5 of 10. Looks like I need to consider my career again.

Brian Jones Jul 20 2010

I am opposite of each of the above – so it looks like I will continue my self teaching studies, and look forward to hopefully begin freelancing next summer. Great post and thank you for sharing!

Brian Jones Jul 20 2010

@Harry Ford – I like your site – nice job!

Kaishin Jul 20 2010

While I get your point when you say “being artistic”, I think it is not clear enough and might lead to misunderstandings. The word “creative” would have worked better…

Web Design Kent Jul 20 2010

Some great points, thankfully I’m going to carry on being a designer!

I was trying to explain to someone the other day that web design in particular requires a good left/right brain balance, creativity and science… that’s why there are so many terrible web designers out there

I do not totally agree with all of these points. While I do think it is important to have some artistic feeling and at least should be somewhat interested in art in general, I don’t think artistic ability is a must have. Good analytic skills could be just as useful for example: identify the problem and build an elegant solution for it. One might see this as the engineering approach to design.
Likewise, creativity is also something that one could achieve using techniques and methods. Real brainstorming for example is quite a strict and rigid method that nonetheless could lead to good solutions. Distractions also can be very good to stimulate creativity and challenge you to “think out of the box”. You do have to manage your distractions however to avoid spending too much time on them :)

JJ Nold Jul 20 2010

I agree with this article for the most part. I would say that if you have enough passion (#2) and will to learn (#10), then a lot of the other points become minuscule.

Freddy Jul 20 2010

Great article – right on the nail. I’m semi retired now but can say Been There – Got the T Shirt…For me number one thing is Passion without that your dead.

I’m a software developer and your article did relate to me. I can’t stand opening up Photoshop! I know I can’t design but I have lots of respect for people that are great at it!

I’m just lucky to know a few designers and, lol!

cancel bubble Jul 20 2010

“Designers are artists — or at least they should be.”

Bullshit. Artists would never get a real job and would also tell you to go fuck yourself when you respond with criticism. Also, art has no deadlines – it’s done when it’s done.

An artist requires specific intent – which isn’t being in the service of some company. Artists also proudly sign their work. All you designers who self-title themselves as artists, are you proud of what your company makes? Are you OK with the sacrifices you had to make?

You are an employee – and there’s nothing wrong with that, just stop the “artist” bullshit.

Exionyte Jul 20 2010

I agree with most things stated… I don’t agree with being organized the most important is getting the job done on time.

Jordan Walker Jul 20 2010

I thought design was just matching two colors together – man was I off! :)

I was going to disagree with the “Organized” point, but I think I am reacting to your portrayal of it more than the idea behind it.

Yes, one must be organized, but that doesn’t mean one’s environment should be as sterile as what is pictured. My desk is incredibly cluttered, but I know where all the things I need are.

Amber Weinberg Jul 20 2010

I pretty much agree. I quickly found out that even though I enjoyed design in school, I hated it in the work world. I just couldn’t handle client revisions and criticism so I went back to the dev world ;)

Rlmagyar Jul 20 2010

This is a most interesting article since after spending nearly 30 years working with designers of all shapes, types, and topics, just about all of them show many if not most of these purported deficits in terms of all the stakeholders who are involved with them in a project. Fortunately, across the team, these “deficits” reflect individual differences in the team members which invariably cancel each other out, and never adversely effects the final negotiated design.

Bret Juliano Jul 20 2010

I like the article, all except #9 about not being physically active. This will happen on most 9-5 “office” jobs. Being active on your job is a pretty selective element in which a very small amount of position offer that availability. Otherwise I agree with the article

Kat Neville Jul 20 2010

Great article, but I I disagree with your comment about messy. I am messy on my desk, but my schedule and emails and clients are all well organized. I’m not a naturally organized person, but I don’t think that makes me a bad designer!

Jason Gross Jul 20 2010

Great article :) I think the willingness to learn and effective communication are two vital traits for a designer to have, especially if you want to take the freelance path.

jonas Jul 20 2010

I hate designers, or not all but those who think all output are for the same device, print…

It’s pretty funny how many people are mad about the not being organized point!

Ciarán Jul 20 2010

Thats a class post!

The image in “You’re Always Disorganized” made me look around my desktop and think “I really need to clean up and get rid of all those papers”

Well, in 5th and 9th you’ve got me.
I dont like critics and suggestions, I always think that “I know it all”. And I admit, I am lazy.

Thanks for article. I will thinking about it.

Bradley Jul 20 2010

All except for the first one are things that make you a success in almost any office based field.

I should know I have worked in several different ones!

The best one though, that applies to any job, if you aren’t staying relevant and current, you aren’t keeping a job.

Avangelist Jul 20 2010

Some of the greatest designers in the world are far from artists.

It’s one thing to be able to draw a flower, or a detailed hand, but to be able to put the flower in the right hand is something different.

Jae Xavier Jul 20 2010

I know designers who are messy like a pig and they make lots of money because they’re busy all the time.

By the way, pigs are naturally messy so they can keep themselves cool because they can’t sweat.

Allie Jul 20 2010

Cancel Bubble: I think your definition of ‘artist’ is VERY limited and even skewed.

Great post. I think you hit on everything that a designer has to be willng to do and have.

Max Luzuriaga Jul 20 2010

While I think that all these are great points, I’d add that you shouldn’t be a designer if you give up after categorizing yourself in any of these areas.

Curtis Scott Jul 20 2010

These are definitely valid points and things to consider for sure!

While most of us would love to design all day, there is valid/cross browser code to written and xhtml/html5 templates to be debugged.

Great post, thanks! All your points are well documented and very easy to relate to. Being a designer is not for faint of heart.

Alexander Jul 21 2010

Indeed! Awesome tips! Unfortunately many people forgot about these ones and do it just based on the thought that they will increase their income.

Taco Jan Osinga Jul 21 2010

Nice article. Designing and programming are very related; your points are also very true for programmers, although ‘artistic’ should be replaced by ‘creative’ in that case. I found out the main difference between programmers and designers is that designers need to think outside-the-box, while programmers need to think inside-the-box; both a very creative process.

Manali P Jul 21 2010

These are definitely valid points and things to consider for sure! But not being physically active i think this will happen on most 9-7 “office” jobs

Great set of icons, thanks for sharing. I have some icons I’d like to share tell me where is the best place to share them?

Chris, why bring ADHD into this – in one fell swoop you almost crushed the dreams of a very talented young designer. Do you have ADHD? Why even bring it up? Hey, lets beat up on diabetics next because they have to take regular breaks and might “lose the artistic flow”. In 2 sentences you turned an ordinary article into a value judgement on people who think differently (hmmm, who else in history thought that some genetic traits were less worthy than others).

Luckily for what’s left of your karma this young designer has a dad who’s also a designer and also benefits from ADHD. If you had even half a left-brain you would realise that diversity in people equals diversity in design. I want boxy square designers, curvy rounded designers, designers who think that the texture of a rusty BBQ works here or there.

Are you trying to say that people like Picasso and Ansel Adams (who it is believed had ADHD) aren’t artistic (and yes, your dud statement about hyper-concentration really isn’t strong enough to cancel the earlier damaging one).

It sounds like you are really saying that designers are like battery artists – cage ’em up and see what pops out.

I’ve probably gone a bit overboard on you but you didn’t see my son’s face when he described your article. The greatest compliment a child can pay a parent is to have similar passions. I will protect those passions fiercely!

Design, like any profession, takes dedication. If you are doing something that you love; the rest will follow naturally.

Your terribly negative article seems to indicate that your organisation may not be a good place for an internship… Likely to be judged according co-founder’s values – not uniqueness or actual worth.


P.S. “Oh look, a butterfly”

Jacob Gube Jul 21 2010

@Sean: ADHD was mentioned as a positive… I quote (emphasis added):

It’s not to say that people with ADHD can’t be good designers as many believe that individuals with ADHD can hyperfocus on things they’re interested about — which is a big plus.

It was mentioned to allay concerns about people who have an inability to focus and say, basically, “no, that’s not an excuse for not being a designer — it can actually benefit you”

@Jacob: It’s the effect it had. Poor wording is no excuse. The whole article is negative (clearly on-purpose) and that edifies nobody. Chris’s final say conflicts with the quote you have cited – however I can see what you are saying and cannot disagree with your comment as a valid interpretation.

The semantics of an editorial piece influence the way it is perceived – I can see that possibly Chris’s intent for this piece might differ from how I perceived it.

Take the following:

You should only consider a career as a designer if you are truly passionate about design, have strong communication skills, can organize yourself and information and love to learn new things.

I read it as being narrow and non-inclusive. “If you don’t fit this rule you shouldn’t be a designer”.

I try to encourage rule-breaking in these cases as people can be marginalised and made to feel unworthy of their own dreams.

I would end it with something like:

I am here to tell you; listen to your dreams and passions – yeah sure put them through the reality filter and be honest with yourself about your chances of success but remember, the person that ultimately decides is you!

Thanks for the counter point Jacob. Chris, if I mis-interpreted your point I apologise.

Jacob Gube Jul 21 2010

@Sean: On the point of ADHD, I don’t think it was ambiguous. I thought it ought to have been mentioned because, if it wasn’t there — people will assume that if they have ADHD and can’t focus, then that point is referring to them and excluding them. The goal was to make it explicit and to give them encouragement in case they were thinking it — but the way you took it seems like the total opposite was achieved. You know, sometimes I feel like we’re in a lose/lose situation — if it wasn’t there, people will portend to read between the lines and make assumptions about things that were left unsaid. Make it explicit, and it’s still bad.

I do appreciate you speaking up though — as I do with anyone who offers constructive criticism. It gives these articles an alternative viewpoint and keeps us thinking about what things can be done better.

But we all need a reality check sometimes. This is, after all, a job and a career. We can’t always publish things that are happy and positive — it gives our profession a false sense of always being amazing (and most of the time it is, but not always).

I encourage you to contribute and write for Six Revisions (my contact info. is on the Contact page), sharing your own take, opinions and style of writing on these manners.

Benjamin Jul 21 2010

I think if you have 1 and 2 then others can be acquired over time. People who are not artistic or do not have passion for design face an uphill task trying to be a designer.

Focus on design comes second to focusing on solving problems. I would much rather have a website that gets results in the way of converting leads over having a design that is just pretty.

Don’t lose the context in a concept.

crash Jul 21 2010

Good points, but I sense all are a bit narrow. Most of the people I consider to be “artistic” thrive in a chaotic, high stress environment. Most designers I know tend to be dreamers (don’t focus very well), messy (you should see some of their studios) and live life on a whim and are still insanely successful.

This is particularly agonizing for me since I subscribe to many of your above points. I have come to the belief that being a designer isn’t always about having a clean work space or being lazy. It’s about communicating and having what one person described to me as a “large canvas” view of things. That is, seeing what others (non-designer types) miss and putting it all together.

Either way, it was an interesting take.

arthur Jul 21 2010

This article, in my opinion, would have a far stronger effect if the entire sense were inverted such that the article was entitled, “10 Reasons You Might Be an Effective Designer”. For example, rewrite reason #7 as “You are Organized”. Without that, the tone of article seriously suffers by sounding like the current title could have easily been swapped with “10 Reasons You’re Not Qualified to Do What I Do.”

Basic presentation advice: audiences are almost universally more receptive and attentive to an encouraging tone; in general, use such a tone if you wish to convey your message most effectively.

This simply a matter of inverting the tone and certainly can be done without sugar-coating the actual message: which in this case is to say that quality design requires talent, devotion, and real work.

yellowww Jul 22 2010

Thanks for this article :) thumbup

Pusparaj Jul 22 2010

Good thought. Actually it’s our fact. Thanks.

Semmu Jul 22 2010

woow, amazing article. im not so good in english (and in communicating… 4th requirement :D) so its the end of my comment… :)

Víctor Placencia Jul 22 2010

Please translate and read it. Some corrections: 1 Design is a science, the beauty that is created by Design is art. 2 ° The Passion is not necessary to design, passion is disorder. The Order is fundamental in the design, which looks messy and is also structured Passionate Thought. 3rd Brainstorming is just one creative technique from a wide variety, there are other ways. 4 ° surrender before the failure is not an option. Necessity is the mother of design. I ‘Need learn more English.

virar Jul 23 2010

Hey..this is very good article
Many of these point matches to me but…Design and Development is my passion.
sometimes what happens with me that i can develop the others idea but i can not imagine my own.
But its not good for design as career, so can you tell me the way to work, the way to get the idea.
Thanks in advance.

Great article and totally agree with the workspace aspect of being tidy/organised.[]

Stacie Jul 23 2010

Awesome piece – so true! I am still working on the organization part though – it seems like my desk and workspace get messy all by themselves…

A good designer is a problem solver, then a artist.

brainspills Jul 26 2010

About the “artistic” thing…

“Artistic” is a very relative and subjective word and thus, a very dangerous to use and categorize. For me though, art is an expression of science. It is a way of realizing an organized thought. Art isn’t just about paint brushes and canvasses… as being suggested from these lines (take note of the “art world” usage):

If you take the time to notice, you will see that many of the software applications designers use take cues directly from the art world. For instance, Photoshop and Illustrator — industry-standard software in the design field — both have painting-inspired features and vocabularies.

There’s art in coding, in management, in speaking, in everything… But as I said, art is an expression, and perception of an “artistically” sound work is also relative… Some people dislike Picasso’s abstract works, but some like it… The designer make look at something as crap, but to the client, it’s like a priceless painting…

Although I agree on just about everything on this article, I don’t think “artistic” was the right term to use. As the previous comments suggested, I think “creative” is a more proper term to use.

Julio Jul 27 2010

I have to agree with Flynn. is one of the uglier sites I have seen lately.

David Jul 28 2010

i definitely agree on the dedication point, practice and constant small improvements (Kaizen) makes a great designer.
Thanks for posting…

johnnie Jul 28 2010


So, if a person who didn’t have the manual artistic creativity in school but have is willing to learn how it’s done digitally can’t be a designer?

Mariska Kalma Jul 28 2010

Great artikel! I’m happy to read that I’m already doing most of these things.
But I do have to work on brainstorming, that’s not really my strongest point…

bhushan Jul 29 2010

So many things are to be needed for a good designer,and true design is comes on canvas if you are dedicated to your work, and its good article for designer like me
thanks !
have a nice day !

Ayush Kumar Jul 29 2010

I agree with you. Not everyone can become a designer, even if the have photoshop and know how to use filters in it. An ‘eye’ for good design is definitely required.

This article is somewhat opposite to an article on my blog>

Theresa Jul 31 2010

Scored 9 of 10. I guess I’m working in the right field. The lack of exercise is a problem though.

well, honestly, with an exception to points 1 and 2, these hold good for any job, not just for a designer!

John Loudon Aug 02 2010

I agree 100% it annoys me the amount of designers I come accross who can’t ever create a basic sketch. Like how can you make a photo manip, or 3d poster without any idea of scale, shading, lighting rules, refactive lighting… etc.

Poster/site etc will look lame if the person doesn’t understand the concepts of creating. Sadly the industry is full of such people. No ones perfect but the title “designer” is given to freely IMO

passion Aug 08 2010

well feel passion is what you need i`m not agree with some other points… the perfil of a graphic designer is very different ….is not like this 10 reasons – our work is just pure poetry and is up to you make it good……bullshits…the rules….passion is what you need understand what you need to comunicate and found the best way to do it…..

Moyia Mar 06 2011

haha 3 and 8 apply to me but all and all i love art so i will continue with it even in its not part of the career im going into yet

Daniel Apr 26 2011

Nice article. Looking at my screen for 20 years now and not boring !

Spring May 08 2011

Great article. I’m a fine artist who always thought I could never design because it required way too much logic for me. But, I somehow fell into it anyway. One thing I’m still trying to conquer is my chronic disorganization.

Sasha Aug 05 2011

A very good article as always! I have always wondered whether I should go into the designing or development side of websites (either way, I have a huge passion for websites/internet). I find that I have all the ideas to design and able to code away but don’t have the artistic skill to create what I have pictured in my head.

Anne S Nov 10 2011

Having survived as an architect – BUILDING architect, that is – for 17 years so far, I agree wholeheartedly on these points. I relatively quickly learned that I’m not cut out to be a “designer” because I get stuck on one idea and can’t get past it (lack of ability to brainstorm effectively). I’ve found this to be the most important trait a designer can possess. Fortunately, there are many other aspects to architecture for which my positive traits are well suited, and have kept me going strong.

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