Following on from my post on creating a new design...

When I'm working on a project I start with an idea of what I'm trying to achieve, with a set of constraints steering the design. What I find fascinating is that if you gave the same design criteria and materials to someone else they would very likely come up with a completely different design.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I think that has to do with 'just knowing when it looks right'. Perhaps if I thought about it more I could quantify what it is I'm looking for, but I keep working on a design until I'm happy with the way it looks; when I think the balance is there; when it works as a whole. And that's what makes it my design and not somebody else’s.

If you gave the same task to another person their design would be unique to them because their idea of what 'looks right' would be different. Someone else's idea of asymmetry or simplicity would vary from yours and they would respond to the materials in a different way.

And that's why you need to trust your own judgement, because although there will be people who like what you do, there will be many more that are indifferent or don't like it at all. As a designer you need to be happy with what you’ve produced - it’s a lot easier to sell an idea to someone else if you really believe in it yourself. 

See related post on creating a new design...

Article edited (extensively ;) October 2016.