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  • Ashley Duret

    "Have a deep motivation of love for whom you’re serving and what you’re building." - Beautiful. I needed this.


    One phrase really resonates with me in this post. BE COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE. I think that is the hardest part for any young designer to understand, especially when a design curriculum doesn't really stress self-confidence, it's something you need create yourself. I am realizing this now more than ever, having just graduated with a product design degree. The market is oversaturated with good designers, but not many designers are comfortable with taking the next step forward.

    Thank you for this share!

  • Darren B

    As a student who has just graduated as a Product Designer in Ireland, I am really at the crossroads now of where next to take my own career. Unfortunately, unless you have a great idea, money, or contacts though, the liklihood of a running your own start-up business seems impossible (a strong word maybe). And we all need something to live on.

    Much like you have said though, a lot of people seem to be working on shallow ideas and I am amazed how much my small bit of travel to China has helped to change my perspective on my design philosophy. It is quite easy however to get stuck in a 'design bubble' where less attention is paid to the core idea, and more on some flawed aesthetic. Designers are naturally creative people, but I feel our lack of education within social responsibility and anthropology are causing us to pursue unsustainable design practices. Even I have studied marketing & conducted research, but often people (the customers) don't know what they want, & infact what they need. We need to be one step ahead.

    Maybe I'm just ranting here but my point is, I feel start-ups would be a great way to get people back to pursuing their passion where there is risk involved so we would actually go the extra mile to do something that matters. Good article!

    • Mirza Alam

      Well said Berg, but I've been working on my start up for some time now money, contacts or even a great idea isn't necessary. Although they do come in handy. I know of plenty of people who have failed even though they had lots of money and connections (and what seemed like a great idea, but poorly executed upon). And on the other hand billion dollar companies such as Groupon or Zappos started as a Wordpress blog or a seller on Ebay. The real thing you need to be successful (and this is my opinion) is grit. Along with some humility. Grit to stick through the hard times, humility to admit when you're wrong and to admit you have to learn something new. Given those two factors combined with a problem you really want to solve you can do pretty much anything. And they are well within anyone's reach.

      P.S.: If you want to get good at the actual science behind entrepreneurship you should study up on "The Lean Startup" or just do a Google search of Steve Blank. Learn about what it takes to create a great company culture and spend time connecting with your customers. They may not know what the solution is (figuring that out is your job), but they do know which problems they would pay to have solved. And take it from there.
      Cheers, mate.

      • Alice Young Shin

        Good point, that what it takes to be successful is grit. Thanks for the P.S, looking into "the Lean Startup"