Brian Hoff twitter | website
“Reading books, analyzing design, collecting design, reading blogs…. all will help [you] to learn and understand design. Formal education is nothing more than “forced” learning, meaning that you have set times you go to class, set subject matter that you study, set test dates, etc. but if you apply this to your own passion you can learn on your own. It’s all about passion and dedication.”
“…I’ve always said that most of my knowledge and skills have been learned through self-teaching, experimenting and following tutorials online. I always recommend for people to simply get stuck in and enjoy what they’re doing, and don’t worry too much about the certificates!”
Preston D Lee twitter | website
“Design is about the perfect fusion of passion and knowledge. Your passion has to come from within you and your knowledge has to come from a lot of dedicated study and practice… Just educate yourself. It doesn’t matter HOW, just get educated about design. Mix that with your passion to create, and you’ll be successful.”
Why is passion so powerful for aspiring designers?
Passion Comes from a Pure Source
When I become inspired and start to sketch, brainstorm or toy around in Photoshop, it’s because I want to: I’m not doing it to impress anyone else and I’m not being forced to produce. Aspiring freelance designers like myself simply create at will. When your drive has no obligatory motive, whatever it is you are trying to accomplish will flourish without fail.
Passion Leads to Productivity
When you get to spend your time doing exactly what you want to do, do you simply squander it away? Of course not! Your free time is the last thing you want to waste. Passion leads to productivity no matter what your personal work style. I never feel that I’m “slaving away” when I’m executing a personal project or even when I’m working on something for a client, because in the end, I’m designing and that alone motivates me to work.
Professional Fulfillment Supplements Personal Fulfillment
Satisfied at work; satisfied at home. Well, it’s not quite as definite as that, but when your career is something you truly enjoy, your life outside of work will certainly be influenced positively. When stress is not tagging along home after a rough day at the office, life at home is just the way it should be… Free of work-induced stress!
Passion is Infectious
The feeling you get from inspiring someone else is absolutely unmatchable. When your friends, family and even colleagues see you pursuing a career you enjoy, it can infect them in the best way possible. Everyday I read content created by individuals who not only love design, but also have transformed that love into a career. They are pursuing their passion and sharing their joy, which in turn makes me want to do the same. By doing what you really love, you will not be the only person benefiting from it, as those around you will clearly see what a difference a passion-driven life can make.
Care to Add Something?
Passion is something I clearly value, but what do you think? Throw in any thoughts or comments you would like to share. I always love to hear more about what drives other designers!