As much as I’ve tried to put balance in my life, I think I’ve failed in certain aspects. Ironically, one of those aspects is my creativity. One may be wondering how that can be, since I write a design related blog, and a self-claimed fervent design blog reader. You see, that’s the thing. I read and write about design, but I haven’t done nearly as much actual “designing” as I would like to. I’m talking about doing creative things in my own time outside of work. In a way, I think I’ve become a pundit, or a mere enthusiast. Looking back at my more productive years(late 90s to mid 00s), I didn’t read too much design blogs or write anything on design. My inspirations mostly came from tweaking my own work, or reading a few good print or photography magazines.
With design inspiration sites being so abundantly available these days, it’s hard not to look at what wonderful work other designers or artists have done. I’m grateful for those who maintain sites showcasing quality work. Sites like these were so few in between when I first started web design. However I have to ask myself why I even seek for inspirations to begin with? To aid my own design of course. But if I spend most of my time only being inspired and not doing anything myself, then what purpose does it serve besides a mere nerve stimulation?
My thoughts on this subject can pretty much be summed up by my friend Jeff’s article, just simply replace the word “programming” with “design.”
At the point when I spend all my time talking about programming, and very little of my time programming, my worst fear has been realized: I’ve become a pundit. The last thing the world needs is more pundits. Pundits only add ephemeral commentary to the world instead of anything concrete and real. They don’t materially participate in the construction of any lasting artifacts; instead, they passively observe other people’s work and offer a never-ending babbling brook of opinions, criticism, and witty turns of phrase.
Even if you’re not a designer, you probably can still relate reading this. There are a lot of “inspirational” books, articles in life that help you to achieve things you want. It’s very easy to get sucked into reading them, instead of practicing what they advocate.
It’s time for me to make my creative life more balanced. I’ll continue to read, but in moderation. As far as blogging, I’ll keep the same pace. Writing in a way, helps me to be creative as a writer. I’m not a very good writer (in fact English isn’t my first language), and more importantly, I always had trouble sticking to one thing without giving up. So writing this blog has helped me to convey my thoughts into words more effectively. Also keeping up with a consistent post rate has helped me to overcome my weakness.
I plan to dust off my Wacom for digital drawing; take more creative photography; and finish some long over due web projects. Hopefully one day I’ll post my finished work here.
Why are you still reading this? Go take a photo, draw a sketch, play a tune on guitar, write an article, fire up Photoshop, or simply go for a nice jog. :)