Be consistent at whatever you do — Darshan Gajara
Darshan: Hey folks, I’m Darshan Gajara, a Product Designer from India passionate about building products and helping others do the same, or even better. I’ve worked as a full-time Designer at some commendable startups in India and have been freelancing for clients from US, UK, Canada, UAE and more for 5+ years now. I write a blog on Product+Design at darshangajara.com and also curate Product Disrupt as my side project.
R: Do you do some ritual every day outside of work?
Darshan: I’m not really a book person, however I like reading blogs and practice it on a daily basis. Those are mostly about product and design. I also like to keep in sync with the latest developments of the industry. I observe it by browsing Dribbble, Behance and Product Hunt on a daily basis.
R: What do you do that allows you to work efficiently being able to create all your work?
Darshan: I think the reason why I’ve been able to do the work that I do is because I’ve that never-ending thirst for growth and ambition about making my mark in the product space. I’m a firm believer of the fact that consistency beats talent and I try to be consistent at whatever I do. I don’t really like unfinished businesses. If you’re into something, it’s better to be completely into it rather than just touch and go.
So, to answer your question, I don’t think that I do something exceptional, just that I never stop doing good.
R: What thought or tip would you give to yourself in the past?
Darshan: Had I been more sensible about people and how to converse with them, I had be better at socializing. But, that’s alright, I think I’ve more than made up for it. I no longer hesitate in breaking the ice.
R: Any study tip for a high school, university student? Would you attend university if you could go back?
Darshan: I would say, you’re lucky if you’ve discovered your true interest while at university. In most cases, people take too long to do that. So, it’s really important for you to keep trying new things and never hesitate about anything. You’re sure to discover your passion while doing that.
Nobody became a better professional just by attending a school. You’ve to experiment with yourself to find the rightful career options for you.
I did not pursue a formal design course, I come from an engineering background. And I think that has more than help me grow as a Product Designer. So, I wouldn’t consider attending university to learn design.
R: Any interesting story about some discovery you did in your student’s years?
Darshan: Yes, I discovered way too early in my student years that getting to a good college and scoring good marks wouldn’t ensure you a successful career. What you learn at college and what you do at work are two very different activities. You only get better at what you do when you start loving it and practice like every time’s a first.
R: How would you suggest anyone to start designing?
Darshan: Just start designing, it’s as simple as that. You’ve a computer, you’ve internet, that’s power at your fingertips.
There’s so much useful content available out there that can help you be a better designer. It’s not really important how you get started, what’s important is that you get started and get consistent at it. I learned design from the internet and you can too.
People kept on asking me how did I learn design or get into product design. That’s when the idea struck and I put together Product Disrupt to answer those queries. I’m sure you will find it very useful. Hope to see your around with your designs.