Don’t Get in Your Own Way
When I started cooking, I was under the impression that complicated recipes made for better meals. So, I mixed together many ingredients, in weird combinations. (This frequently left me with inedible gruel.)
I hustled around, bouncing from one concoction to the next. Exhausted, I left the kitchen a disaster.
In time, I learned that a clear direction, and good ingredients—thoughtfully prepared—turned out better. (To my surprise, some of my best meals required few ingredients.)
Design is similar. Early in my career, I tried to be fancy. This commonly led to an indistinguishable mess.
Later, I learned that a clear direction, and good color/type/form—thoughtfully prepared—turned out better. This simple approach involves less fear, posturing, and inconsistency. Doing the job right—instead of pretending—is a calm activity.
My point? Don’t let your ego/desire get in the way of producing good design.