Done Is Better Than Perfect

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It sounds like an excuse for laziness or low quality work, but it’s actually some solid advice. If you can, you should always push your work to be the best it can be, but without a deadline, many creatives may feel like their work always needs improvement. Creatives will most likely never feel like their work meets their own standards; it can be difficult to hand off a project feeling as though you could’ve done more. This is when “done is better than perfect” comes in handy.

There is a silver lining to being able to see flaws in your own work. It shows that you’re improving as a designer, illustrator, writer, etc.

If we had unlimited time, all creatives would always create work that they feel happy about, but this isn’t how the working world works. Creatives need to work within the amount of time they are given, and even if they were given unlimited time, they would most likely grow to dislike those earlier projects anyway. People change and their idea of what’s good will change too. If someone creates things that they are always satisfied with, it means that they’ve stagnated.

You need to know your own speed. Designers have all felt that feeling, when they get a burst of motivation with the goal to create an amazing project, only to find out that they bit off more than they could chew. The final product will never be what people build it up to be in their minds. Instead of creating the perfect website, blog post, or illustration, focus on improving your work over a long period of time rather than creating something perfect in the moment.

Andrew Johnson - Graphic Designer