ANNA PENG

To My Mild Child

I didn’t know it, but shyness from a young age was my strongest front because it allowed me to practice listening to what others needed.

I was constantly in my own head that when it was my turn to speak, it felt as if people would give me extra time to say something because it was an uncommon event.

Being the stereotypically quiet, shy, or introverted kid is a strength that many creatives share in common. We tend to be louder with our work than with our voices. 

And so, to my shy friends, there’s a family who waits for your voice on the other side.

You don’t have to be the loudest one in the room, as long as you know where and when your voice will be valued. That is, with whom and in what contexts.


Only One Way to Learn Design

Reading or watching videos about design philosophy, graphic hierarchy, composition, or rendering software can only get you so far. Nothing beats the education you get from committing to the act of the design process. 

It doesn’t matter if you suck. We all start at that place. 

What matters more is letting the process and repetition do its magic.

The 56th time matters more than the 1st time.

Do design, do the work, and give it with the ones you made it for. 


“Nothing To Show”

There’s a huge difference between actually having nothing to show and being too modest about what you’ve been working on.

On one hand we have a slug, someone who’s uninterested in doing the work.

On the other side, someone cares so much that if it’s not up to standard, if it’s not perfect, then they refuse to show it to anyone. 

The point of showing your work is to help someone on the other side of the screen, even when it’s not good enough. 

Although it’s a work in progress (as many things are), you’ve got something to show, and you could help somebody else see something through a different light.

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