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Embrace the failure!

Students from the Berghs School of Communication (in Stockholm, Sweden) are holding an exhibition entitled ‘The Fear of Failure’. They invited leading figures in the creative world to discuss this subject using a webcam.

You can watch the results from them all on the Creative Review blog but by far the only one really worth watching (in my opinion) is this one from Milton Glaser (graphic designer, best known for designing the ‘I love New York’ logo). Bear in mind this is over 7 minutes long, but so worth it.

Milton Glaser – on the fear of failure. from Berghs’ Exhibition ’11 on Vimeo.

Wise words indeed! I do agree that you learn far more from failures than you do from successes in life, so you just have to take it on the chin, learn from it and move forward. Having said that, I always have an underlying fear that no matter how many ‘successful’ designs I do, it only takes one complete failure for a client to say ‘that’s it, never using her again, she’s crap’. But that’s what pushes you to always produce the best you can, and that’s all you can ever do. Also (now I’m on my soapbox), design is such a subjective thing, that you’ll never get it right first time, every time, but your reliability and integrity is something you can get right each time, and so that’s what really matters.

Oh, and by the way – I know how to draw Cocker Spaniels! Thanks for the handy link there Milton.