Failsafe: The One Thing Design Students Are Missing

by: Michael Roller 26 Mar 2010 | 7 views
Year: 2009 | Document Type: ARTICLE | File Format: html | Language: uk
Failsafe: The One Thing Design Students Are Missing
Product Design Hub, 23 November 2009.


There’s an essential experience that design students are missing. Something no one is telling you to do, but if you don’t do it anyway, you risk your potential to be great. Without it, creativity wanes and designing becomes monotonous. Projects, even entire businesses, can fail without it. You’re missing the ability to fail. You lack the crazy enthusiasm to do something new, unknown, risky. You know your idea is unlikely to succeed, and you avoid new methods in favor of familiar ones. After all, you’ll still get a decent grade and you’ll be able to use the work in your portfolio, right?

Why are some designers afraid of failure? Don’t we train ourselves to be comfortable with big ideas? Isn’t deferring judgment one of our rules for brainstorming? The truth is that designers are more comfortable with failure than most, but the fear is so deeply ingrained in our society that we must work hard to avoid it.

(Source: Product Design Hub)

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