Hello and welcome, this is a short introduction to me. Since I’m completely new to the whole writing thing, I thought it might be a good idea to introduce me first.
I’m at Dutch (digital) designer. It’s my day job to remind everyone at Studio Naam to never forget having fun. We also get to make great, useful things, which is nice. Some of you might know me, some of you don’t. It doesn’t really matter at this point. I do hope we can become friends from now on.
Although I’m a big fan of talking design and UX…which is impossible to ignore during a day at the studio. This Medium will be about inspiration, human interaction, personal growth and life in general.
As a ‘designer’ — that sounds pretentious, but bear with me here — I believe, we make things for people. Design in itself is only a communicative tool, it’s the people part that matters most.
For me, underneath all the layers of text and images there is a clear cut wish either to communicate or interact. A place where emotion and logic meet, all in one place. It’s all a bit incomprehensible, but perfectly in line with our modern day desires to have it all. Right here, right now. Without getting too much of track here, this blog wasn’t suppose to be about design! Let’s continue.
I grew up in a small city, then moved to a small village. Everybody knew everybody, and life was slow. The people living there, loved this kind of life. They just went on with their business as usual.
Well, most of them fitted right in, not my mother. She wanted to go back to small city we came from. At a young age I never fully understood why, but now I do. She needed a place that lived, and make a decision that she ‘owned’. But back then it wasn’t easy to move out, ditch us and live a little. So, she waited years and years — the patient is strong on this one — to finally convince her kids, that we should move back to the city. Sidenote: My father could not be convinced without us helping mom.
Why am I telling you this? In short:
The hard part of settling down is staying settled.
My mother (and father) never had any friends over — I don‘t believe they had any either. I always thought that when you grow up, you’d lose all your friends. Whilst pretty much locking yourself up, with the same people in the same house. Day in day out.
This is exactly why I don’t want to settle down, or have any structure of sorts in my life. This was ‘security’ for them but for me, security is being able to not get comfortable, I want things to be in my hands. Most of all, security takes away drive and motivation.
Don‘t forget to make some mistakes in the proces, and you will slowly get closer to the real you. Or as Walter Lippmann says it:
“The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.”
Let’s leave out the ‘intended to prevent disease — prophylactic’ part and change that with ‘intended to prevent going broke’. Constantly living with the possibility of losing everything, is hard. It will keep you on your toes, teaches you valuable lessons and motivates you to achieve better. This motivation is freedom and security to me. Knowing that I have that drive, is reassuring to say the least.
In the last couple of years a lot has happened in my life. I’m thinking of making more big decisions that can impact me deeply, hopefully in a good way. This is one of the main reasons I joined Medium. Writing gives me the opportunity to unleash some of my thoughts. It also puts things in perspective.
Besides my personal motivation, I’d like to think I have an interesting way of looking at things. Unlike most designers I tend to hang out with people in a different field than me. This gives one a bigger perspective on things, and something else to talk about at lunch. Always being caught in your own field of work is boring. For designers this is especially dangerous.
We design for people, generally not for other designers. Never forget that.
So now that you know my intentions with this Medium blog. Let’s get cracking. Also, I’d like to point out that if it weren’t for Medium I’d probably never be writing in the first place. There’s something about the community and appealing design, that lured me in.
And yes, writing my first article here make me feel like the moment you realize somebody just stole your clothes after a skinny-dip.
Feel free to join me on this adventure and comment away. It’s my intention to grow from this. To learn and read more. I hope you enjoy it and I do too.
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