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Week 19.

Can Clean Freaks be Creative?

A Donut by Timothy on 17 May

Okay, I’ll admit I have a bit of a problem. Ask anyone I’ve worked with and they will roll their eyes, shaking their heads over my little quirk. Yep, I’m one of those ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ freaks. Others find endless joy in un-doing my strategic placements, perfectly aligned piles and colour coordinated choice of pins and watch me itch to put it all back.

What’s the big deal, I hear you say? Because tidy creatives aren’t meant to exist! Picture an artist – conjures up images of stained overalls, paint smeared jars scattered everywhere and cluttered workspaces, right? There are many articles out there talking about how creative people thrive in chaos – inspired to create within the clutter. As if I didn’t lack enough confidence in my ability – my entire psychology is called into question!

Okay, okay… I know better than to fall for stereotypes – I guess it’s nice to surprise people who don’t expect someone who appears so uptight can create something beautiful. I can take solace in the work of interior designers – I don’t see them creating “mess” (trivia time, I applied for a diploma in Interior Design at TAFE before receiving my University acceptance letter; perhaps there was something in this all along!)


The other thing I wanted to talk about this week was this graphic above. I actually came to see it after Kylie liked it on Instagram. It was without a doubt a ‘that’s me!!!’ moment. It was definitely comforting to know, not only that I was the other one who goes through the self-doubt, but that even the most helpless looking design can be worked into something you are proud of.

I liked it so much, I showed my students. Yup, showing 13 year olds a graphic with the word SHIT written on it, not once but twice, meant that they took a little longer to grasp the message. Whilst most of them processed the idea and managed to see themselves in it, there were a few vocal ones who made points about how they don’t ever make it past the ‘I am shit’ point. On one hand, this can be just a reflection of their age – but could this actually be the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t?

I think there seems to be a recurring theme amongst my posts – finding the confident voice amongst the unsure whispers – If I am not just aware of it, but expecting it and ready to deal with it, I guess I am one step closer to becoming a better designer.

This week's donut?

Don't settle for, 'I am shit'. 'This might work' is right around the corner, waiting to introduce you to, 'this is awesome!'

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