The Importance of Asking Questions

We live in a world where everything is moving at an incredibly fast pace. I've talked about it before, and I will say it again, 3 years ago we didn't have tablets, I wouldn't be writing this on my Nexus 7. With constant change, we see trends coming and going at at warp speed. It's interesting to see that we designers seem to just follow trends without even questioning why.

Being curious is the most important thing for a designer, it is so important to challenge the status quo, like being a child again. The only way we can do that is by asking questions.

It is understandable that it is cool to show off skills or that you are up to date with the new trends. When creating a visual design, however, do you understand exactly the problem, the brand and the audience? Do you also ask yourself questions like:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • Is it really necessary?
  • How can I simplify?

In my opinion the difference between design and art is the need to make something for others and not for yourself. Unless, that is, you are designing a personal project or a product that is for your demographic. Otherwise we end

RHINOS HUNT IN PACKSDesign by Aled Lewis

So think about it and start asking more questions. We live in a era that sharing is super simple and easy, we are creating more which is fantastic, however, as you move forward in your design career make sure that you keep the curiosity as a high priority. Try to understand why you make the design decisions you make before embarking on a new project.

"Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much". - Francis Bacon

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