Instead of us, a select few individuals in the Colorado creative community will be answering the newest question we were sent for our advice column today. It will be posted in three separate parts.
Here’s the inquiry we received:
“This is a question I have had for a long time and is directed at you, at me, at everybody. A lot of people seem to aspire to being like their big brother. In this case, I mean to say that we designers dream of being like the rockstars of our field. As a group, we want Denver to become more like the other design capitals of the world.
I don’t want that.
I think this aspiration to become like our peers and our idols is self-sabotage. I don’t want fame or a pat on the back, I want to be content with the substance of my work.
With so much focus on graphic design as simply being advertising, I feel that designing things to improve the world and quality of life has become null and unprofitable. No one dreams of helping people, they dream of becoming famous like the last schmuck.
I just want to have fun helping people… at least that was my goal when I enrolled in my first semester of graphic design.
I ask advice for the whole of Denver/Boulder; Do we really want to be on the same level as or idols, or should we aim higher, towards a more meaningful goal? Can we do more than just suck less?”
A sound byte from Ellen Bruss to get you in the mood:
“I agree, there should be more pride in our work from a personal level and less focus on fame. However, the designer personality naturally comes with some level of ego, which wants praise. Most designers who are “famous” are, in addition to being talented, incredibly charming, smart people. They are good promoters. It’s not always the best work. There’s a lot of really good work that goes unnoticed. So, pat yourself on the back and feel good about the work you are proud of, and support others when they do great work – spread the love.”
A sound byte from Rob Helmstetter of Table2Press to get you in the mood:
“We are graphic designers. We are nerds. If we want to be rock stars we should spend time playing scales on a guitar and not looking at typefaces or websites like The Egotist. I am a graphic designer/creative because the idea of spending my life doing design is inspiring and not depressing. I am a designer because I can make a living artistically without wearing all the purist hats that an ARTIST (fine artist, conceptual artist, etc.) has to wear. I am a designer because for a good percentage of the time design is super fun.”
And here’s Part One of the series.