A little while ago I entered a design contest run by Homebase. I was really pleased with my wallpaper design, but it was not selected as the winner.
When the winner was announced (Paula Arroyo), I was horrified by some of the comments on the Homebase FB page. The design met the brief and was well put together. I can understand that some people were upset at not winning, and that some people didn’t like the design. But we don’t have to like a design to be able to appreciate it. In my opinion, there was no justification for the negative and even nasty comments that were made. As designers we enter contests and we show our portfolios. As designers we know how much time and effort goes into a design. We also know how easy it is for our self-belief to become linked to the acceptance of our work.
Paula Arroyo’s design was selected this time, and congratulations to her for that. Another time it will be somebody else. As designers we need to nurture ourselves and the wider design community. A positive comment or constructive criticism helps me believe in what I am creating. I’m sure I am not the only one who feels like that.
So I will keep putting my designs ‘out there’. I will treasure the positive comments and feedback. I will try and stay calm through the negative responses. I will work for that perfect match between the design, the trends, the customer, their budget, and so on. I will move on, and design more.