Obsessive-Compulsive Design Disorder

March 17th, 2010

Blog post from graphic designer Kate:

The difference between a job and a career is that your career is driven by a passion for a particular subject. As many of my coworkers will tell you, I’m passionate about many design-related subjects, particularly typography. And I’m not alone – look no further than this guy’s rant against Arial for proof (disclosure: clip contains some profanity).

Those of us who have successfully turned graphic design into a career are afflicted with what GOOD’s Eric Wicks dubs obsessive-compulsive design disorder. Designers, by and large, are a passionate, persistent, motivated, and – yes – obsessed bunch. It takes a certain obsession, Wicks argues, to draw inspiration from the art and nature and stories all around us that enable us to transcend the everyday in our work. Whether it’s through taking walks downtown or scrolling through countless subscriptions on Google Reader, designers can find their inspiration just about anywhere – but we have to actively seek it out. After all, to quote Edison, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Every designer has his or her way of tackling the task at hand, finding the motivation, inspiration, persistence and just a hint of passionate craziness to deliver a successful design. Is your designer obsessed? Well he or she should be!

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