ANNA PENG

One Reason Why Your Work Can’t Speak for Itself

So you’ve made a piece of work and it’s ready to be shown to the world. Because you put so much hard work into it, you want it to be fully appreciated by the people you made it for. Not only do we have to share what we’ve made, but we also have to accompany it with its counterpart: presentation. 

Making work but not giving it a proper presentation is like baking a birthday cake for your mom but not singing happy birthday.

It’s like cooking a 5 star meal for your family but not plating it up for them.

It’s like doing your laundry but not hanging up the clothes afterwards.

There needs to be an element presentation because that is what completes the other half of your audience’s experience. 

Your work requires it, and not giving it to the proper presentation would be doing yourself and your work a disservice.


The Human Advantage

We’re all capable of making mistakes. That behaviour is not reserved for the interns, the less educated, or your younger-than-average boss. Mistakes are for everybody, and they will be there for you especially when you don’t want them to be. 

We tell white lies, we say one thing and then do another, and sometimes we take shortcuts that are not beneficial for the long run. We hack growth, we borrow the answers from somebody else, and we plan in a cheat day every now and then. One beautiful part of all of it is that we can forgive.

This is the human advantage.

The advantage shows up when we forgive ourselves for doing the things that might have been a mistake. It’s being capable of understanding that perfection is a process of trial and error, and knowing that your friends, family, and boss also has the human advantage.

The next time you’ve made a blunder of any sort, put your human advantage to use and be sincere about it. 


Creativity in Patterns

Going head first into a discipline where you aren’t willing to respect the rules and read the community guidelines, was a mistake I made in my time at design school. 

What I’m talking about is the framework for design thinking:

1. Empathize

2. Define

3. Ideate

4. Prototype

5. Test

I didn’t think creative work could possibly follow such a dry, structured process. How can something so seemingly free-flowing and non-formulaic possibly follow a process? However, the design thinking process was made and there for us before we were looking into the practice. 

But how does this apply to you? 

Chances are if you’re reading this, you are a creative yourself too. 

If you’re waiting for luck to happen, you might be waiting for some time because letting your work wait for somebody else to discover it is rarely a strategy that works. 

The community created a framework for a reason, and that’s because it works—it’s been tried, tested, and repeated over and over again across millions of great designers all over the globe. 

So when we start working on our craft, especially if it’s design work, the process isn’t an option. It’s the only way forward that will lead us to better and better work over time. 


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