ANNA PENG

Walking With Failure

If you want to learn how to draw, you have to draw a lot—probably every day for a few years to get to the level of where you aspire to be.

How did you know that you wouldn’t be able to draw your perfect picture the first time around?

This thing is when trying something new, avoiding failure is not an option. Just like how it was necessary for you to draw 1,095 consecutive drawings before you got to place where you were  satisfied with your drawing abilities, things take time to develop (unless you’re a genius and have a genuine natural talent, however most people, myself included, are not).

Again we ask, how do we get to the place we want to be? There’s no shortcut around it, surely, because then there would be no need for good habits, long term schooling, or routine. 

It’s okay if we don’t get things right the first time. What we really need is to start taking steps so that we can draw exactly what is inside our heads, design exactly what we think could help somebody else, or be able to produce work for the big league players. 

As designers, our relationship with critique and failure is important to improve as it can either push us forward or stop us altogether.


Digital Awkwardness

If you think it’s too risky to socialize like we used to, you’re right. 

There’s no room to be thinking that we can live the way we used to. At least not right now.

We were used to creating social and emotional connection with each other in person, and now that latency and digital jitters are in the way, it makes human connection less natural.

What used to be socially responsible is now socially unacceptable, for now. 

So what’s the way forward? If we can’t connect with each other in person, limited by proximity and convenience, how can we connect with others in a world where many would be available at a moment’s notice, regardless of location and distance?

More importantly, how might we embrace the digital awkwardness and make it part of our social habit to keep repeating ourselves twice, to adjust our lighting, and triple check our internet connection?  

While still adjusting to online social interactions it’s important to not lose sight of what’s necessary, which is the human connection.


Self Judgement

Don’t put it out there, don’t put it out there, don’t do it, I warned you, don’t do it. They’re not going to like it one bit, they’re going to judge you and say all sorts of nasty mean things about you.

Well, you did it. 

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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