Designers are supposed to bring an original point of view and create things that don’t currently exist in the world.
This requires a vulnerable, thoughtful, childlike state of mind: keeping your eyes open, discovering new possibilities, and tackling strange twisty puzzles.
It’s tough to achieve that, even on a good day. It’s gotten exponentially harder in the last decade, with information overload, a relentless news cycle, and attention-sucking devices keeping us all more pseudo-busy and distracted than ever.
I find that keeping tabs on the design industry is yet another source of interruption, and for me it’s more destructive than constructive, so I intentionally tune it out.
by Jonas Downey in Why I ignore the design industry on purpose