Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Creating Creatures of Habit: More on Motivation

In an earlier post, I stressed the importance of keeping motivated in order to maintain creative productivity in life and career. One way to increase your efficiency in trying to be more productive is to create a routine, or good habits, to build your schedule around.

When you have programmed yourself into a good habit of a balanced lifestyle, it makes it easier to put yourself on "auto pilot" and go through your daily routine without much effort. This allows you time to zone-out on cruise control and have your mind in one place, while your hands may be doing dishes, or traveling for your next errand.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Diplomacy Within Design

In design, there is such a great emphasis put on having excellent communication that some may overlook. To be even more specific, communication between client and designer during production is obviously critical, but when you include elements of diplomacy into every meeting, it can significantly ease the flow of thoughts, ideas, and new direction based on facts. Diplomacy and open communication can prevent the designer from merely being utilized as an interface to software, and  instead cultivates trust and a strong working relationship. This will ultimately guide the client towards a final product that will benefit them in the long run due to proper use of an experienced designer.

Preventing oneself from becoming this "tool," became an investigation into design diplomacy. More often than I'd like to admit, a design project would go downhill fast due to lack of this communication in the early stages. This has actually been illustrated (within a disturbing degree of accuracy) by The Oatmeal in the comic: How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell.