Thick Skin is Needed in Design

Here is a great article for designers out there of any type: Get a Thick Skin – Living with Criticism.

One paragraph in particular I really appreciated:

“It’s important to remember that it’s usually not personal when someone attacks you. You just happen to be the target of the moment. Show no emotion about it and they will move on to an easier target. When you refuse to let mere words bother you, then life is so much more pleasant. ”

Another part I really liked in a section titled “Live free of false guilt”:

“There are times you need to engage others in a war of words and times you should just smile and let it pass.”


“Overall, we have to remember that we are in a service industry. Our designs do not belong to us and more often than not, we need to make changes to which we don’t agree. Let it go. Not every design is going to make it into your portfolio. When you can let the small stuff roll off your back, you will have evolved, matured as some may view it, to a point where you realize that words are just verbal exhales that float into the air and dissipate a second later. So why let them haunt you for more than a second?”

“When you can truly walk away from an assignment or the work of the day and not take the little bothersome occurrences on your shoulders, you will find true peace.”

An apt quote – also found this week, from totally separate source:

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
Lao Tzu 

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