That quote by _why is probably the best design advice out there today. No amount of reading inspirational design quotes, surfing design galleries, writing about other people’s work or attending conferences mean anything if I’m not creating. This post is a gentle reminder for myself that I am a designer. I design. I’m not a curator, a marketer or a design pundit.
I think with the vastly available blogging tools and community sharing, it’s so easy to be allured by the idea of talking about design, instead of actually creating things. There was a time when great designers were celebrated by their actual work, not by their writings on design, or their tastes. When I look at some popular web design celebrities’ sites, I rarely see any body of work but a mountain of writing on design and meta posts. I’m very guilty of this too.
It’s easy to create a facade of what a great designer you are these days. It’s easy to write about the ideas you have, rather than seeing those ideas become fruition. It’s easy to justify your good tastes by showing others the type of stuff you like, instead of stuff you make. It’s easy to be a critic than a doer.
This isn’t a jab at those who write design blogs. There are several whom I have great respect for. Writing is an important skill for a designer to have and blogging is the perfect platform to enhance that skill. However, let’s not forget why we are in this profession in the first place. We’re designers, we create stuff.