Treading Through Treacle
Dan Edwards


How I got my Design Mojo Back.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article ‘Treading through treacle’, I wrote the article pretty quickly and to be honest it was written purely to get what was going on in my head out in the open. A problem shared is a problem halved, as they say.

The response was amazing, to all the people who reached out to me, either publicly or privately — thank you. It meant so much and I cannot believe how many others are going through the same struggles.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

This quote really struck a chord with me, I’ve been through some pretty tough times recently with my work and trying to find my love for design again. Though it is definitely with this that I’ve found a way to progress.

I’ve been trying to think how best to sum this all up and rather than just running away from design and looking elsewhere, I decided to go back to where it began for me. So I dug out my pens and pencils again, for the first time in years and just designed for fun*. I came from and art and graphic design background and it’s what brought me to web design in the first place.

*On a side note, what happened to just designing for fun? I feel as if we’ve all become so focused on “problem solving”, “storytelling”, process and refinement that, for me at least, the fun had gone away. This probably deserves further discussion, so I’ll leave that here for now.

“Don’t just run away. Take a step back and remember what you brought you here in the first place.”

Having done this, I’ve found I’ve been much more motivated when it comes to client work. Pushing myself in other areas of graphic design has meant I’ve not felt like I’m doing the same thing, every day. It’s so refreshing.

I’ve also made a pretty big career decision, which should be finalised within a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to share this with you all soon.

Onwards and upwards.

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