ANNA PENG

Keep it Simple, Stupid

Complexity for complexity’s sake doesn’t improve anybody’s life. You’ll more likely create friction for your audience the more complex your design is.

On the other hand, being able to simplify things while keeping utility intact is a sign of proficiency that mostly goes unnoticed to a general audience. 

Anybody can request complexity and add more work to a design, but it takes somebody who’s familiar with restraint to deliver the least clunky product.

There’s no reward for adding complexity, so keep it simple.


People with Small Voices and What That Means

If you have a small voice like me, it means you’re a pretty quiet person on a regular basis. You’re not looking to make as much noise as possible, but you’re here to intentionally say something worth spreading that might make someone else’s day better.

You talk less, and ask more.

You’d rather listen before speaking.

You’re a voice of one, and you know all it takes is one voice to start something.


Who’s Saying What?

It’s important to differentiate who’s saying what.

“I don’t think people really want to see my designs” is your own voice showing doubt and a subtle excuse to hide.

“I like your work, because it makes me feel recognized” is the voice of somebody else who is a fan of what you do.

Finally, “It’s not good enough” is a selfish voice who keeps us from doing what we want. They’re the ones who believe their subjective opinion holds more weight than the importance of the broader message.

Know what the voices stand for, because so many times it’s our own selves who keep us from sharing our work.

Using Format