Always Move Forward

This is stable advice. It doesn’t matter what industry you work in. It doesn’t matter what you do. It doesn’t matter if you’re in grade 1 or teaching grade 1. You have to keep learning. You have to keep adapting. You have to always move forward.

Technology will advance. Your competitors will advance. Industries that have nothing to do with you will accidentally destroy your livelihood and not even notice. We know these things. We’ve seen it happen. Not all of us get the benefit, as I do, of walking past a machine like this every morning.

InDesign won’t last forever. Squarespace won’t last forever. Twitter will get crushed by something sooner than later, I’m sure. Every platform, tool, and hack I use today to make a living and communicate will go the way of this machine. If they’re lucky, these things will get the honour of a museum-like placement in our periphery.

If I’ve learned anything in my short career in design is that what works today probably won’t work tomorrow. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s often why anybody ever hires a designer in the first place. And this isn’t so much a reminder to you as one to me. I want to remember this one when I’m failing to solve a problem because I’m foolishly sticking to what I know.


December 16, 2014