The new Creative Review is on shop shelves and doormats right now. In it, I talk about designer performance anxiety and acknowledging your own peculiar/wrong methods. I briefly mention Craig Ward's Popular Lies About Graphic Design, in which he rails against the accepted wisdom that open plan offices are somehow good for creativity. Here's a chunkier extract:
At least half of your job as a designer is to think. Perhaps I doth protest too much, but Hemingway didn’t write whilst listening to other people’s music. Da Vinci didn’t sit three feet along a shared desk from someone eating their Pret A Manger sandwich or watching cat videos on YouTube. Your best thinking is done when it is quiet, when there are no distractions and when you are relaxed. When you remove those elements from the equation, the work immediately suffers. … Add to this mix the fact that many designers are often very shy about showing their work and are conscious that people don’t see it before they’re ready to share. For my part, most of my work looks very ugly before it looks any good. In an open environment, this is simply not tolerated and your work – unless you sit so close to your screen as to shield it from passers by – is on view to everyone who chooses to look. The problem being that self conscious designers don’t take risks. They only put on their screen what they’re sure will work lest a creative director walk behind them and comment, unprovoked. A designer that doesn’t take risks is one that should retire or be put down.
Elsewhere in the issue, lots of interesting articles for graduates and people setting up their own businesses. Danny Miller's piece on lessons learned from starting Little White Lies is particularly good. More details on the new issue here.