I worked for a place that always seemed to be doing things last minute. This meant that I would have to create posters, webpages, videos, etc. last minute with little time to complete them. This meant a lot of late nights and very rushed jobs. Sure, design is all about communicating a basic message but for the designer you start to learn some very bad habits. I have since left this job because it was getting out of control. After leaving the position I had more time to complete my projects but the bad habits stayed and it was hard to move forward because the concept of good design was lost as a designer in practice. You will find yourself always trying to cut corners and that will turn you into a bad and unhappy designer. You can have all of the theory under your belt like I had but you will lack the ability to make great design because you don’t practice it.
Fast forward a few short months.
Now when I complete a project for a client I feel proud and I want to show it off because I know I have done the project justice. I can look at the details without having to look away. So what can you do if you find yourself in a similar situation? Well, do personal projects for yourself. Go as far as creating your own textures, take your time, think about the process, avoid the tempting freebies online, think about the message, and just be happy with the final result at the end of the day.