Everyone starts from the bottom

We all love when the hero of a movie is struggling at the beginning learning karate, starting a band, or trying to make it in any kind of industry. We know that we need to start somewhere and be bad at something for a really long time in order to be good at it someday. Yet, most of us are afraid to start.

The problem is that they don’t know where to start because they are comparing themselves with people that have been practicing their craft for years.

All of this made me think that maybe there are a lot of young folks that want to start learning more about design (or anything else), but they are too afraid to begin because they see extremely experienced people in the field.

They all started from the bottom and now they’re here.

I came up with this idea of showing the early works of designers/developers that are successful now. This way, people can see that everyone — literally everyone — started from the bottom like any of us.

As painful as it is, I’m the guy who did those two things.
Shane Mielke — Freelance Creative Director, Designer, Front-End Developer and Author
Robbin Cenijn — Executive Creative Director at Ueno
Henry Daubrez — Co-Owner and Creative Director at Dogstudio
Anton Repponen Designer, Photographer and Co-Founder of “Anton & Irene”
Julien Renau — Creative Technologist at Huge
Ben Mingo — Visual designer at Basic Agency
Jenny Johannesson — Design Lead at Ueno
Romain Briaux — Freelance AD & 3D designer
David Navarro — Executive Creative Director at Ueno
Florian Morel — Creative Developer at Active Theory
Aristide Benoist — Freelance Developer

“Talent doesn’t exist. The talent is to want to do something. Talent is to want to achieve a dream, the rest is just sweat and discipline. I don’t know what is an artist. I just believe that they are some people that work really hard on something.” — Jacques Brel

As you can see, everyone had to start somewhere. And to this day, they are still working on their craft on a daily basis to get better.

“I approach design the same as I did skateboarding; Practice, practice, practice” — Robbin Cenijn

Keep learning

This way of thinking could apply even to some of you who are already experienced in your field. It basically applies to anyone who wants to learn something new like 3D, photography, webGL or anything you are interested in.

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Left : Portrait in La Guajira desert, Colombia | Right : Sunrise at the Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Left : The streets of Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan | Right : Portrait in Salento, Colombia

What are you waiting for to start learning?

Freelance Interactive designer from France who designs digital products and websites for startups, brands, and entrepreneurs with cool projects.