I’ll preface this post with this little disclaimer: While I assume that all creatives—be their profession photography, copy or whatever—have this same issue, I can only speak from the vantage of a graphic designer and illustrator. I’d love to find out if my gut feeling on that is true, but if not them I’m speaking from my own profession.
Only designers understand designers. While I can try to explain the problems that affect me as a professional, I rarely seem to get the point across. Is from my lack of ability or persuasion? I’m not sure.
It seems like people in other careerss can allow the water to roll off their back easier. They can allow issues and bad practises and bad work to not get to them. Designers aren’t like that. Designers can’t not care.
Designers don’t work in Graphic Design, they are graphic design.
When you do bad work, you feel bad. When you do good work, you feel good. If you’ve done something you know is wrong, then your feel morally and ethically wrong. When you’ve helped someone else with your work, you feel like you’re on top of the fucking world.
There is no going home and decompression and shrugging the day off. There is no escape from yourself.
I hope all creatives feel that way. I hope everyone passionate about their work feel that way. If you don’t, I’d question whether you’re doing what you love or whether you’re just doing a job.