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Success does not fall upon everyone. Only those who strive to reach the pinnacle of what they do find true success and accomplishment. As graphic designers, we also strive for success and achievements in our careers. But not every graphic designer is able to succeed. In fact some face failure in the preliminary stages of their career. But for me, failure acts as a motivation to succeed all the more.

Sometimes in life, the fear of failing is what causes failure. But I have always believed that if you do what you fear, then fear will disappear itself. In my years of experience in the graphic design field, I have faced many instances where failure confronted me. But each time, my motto was to "Forget the past, live the present and plan for the future." Since I am well aware of what it feels like to get setbacks in your professional life, I present some easy ways to handle failure. I hope you will find them helpful in time of distress:


1. Accept Your Mistakes:

The first thing you need to do is learn to accept your mistakes. Nobody is born perfect and humans by nature are flawed. Many graphic designers strive for perfection. But you must learn to acknowledge that you as a graphic designer can also make mistakes in your career. If you don’t recognize your fault, then you will never be able to identify what caused failure.


2. Assess your condition:

Assess your condition

Once you have acknowledged that you have made a blunder, only then you can sit down and assess what went wrong. Go a few paces back and analyze the situation under various possible scenarios. Maybe you were dealing with a bad client type that you should avoid in future. This is will help you in understanding what went wrong and how you can prevent it from happening in the future.


3. Take Lessons from Failure:

Take Lessons from Failure

In order to prevent from more failure of similar nature in the future, you should learn to take lessons from your past. Try to figure out the reasons that lead to your previous failure and plan ahead so that you don’t face any comparable disappointment in your work in future. Work out all the graphic designer mistakes that you have committed and prevent them from happening again.


4. Don’t Blame Yourself:

Don't Blame Yourself

Another thing that some graphic designers do after failing is blame themselves. Being pessimistic is never fruitful and this could lead to depression and dejection. As a professional, one must never lose composure and be optimistic about themselves. Never blame yourself for failure or else the guilt will haunt you forever in the future.


5. Let it go, Move On:

Let it go, Move On

Another vital tip in handling failure is to let go of the past. Some people have a bad habit of recollecting the disappointments throughout their lives. This not only disturbs your focus from work, but it also hinders your future prospects. As I mentioned a graphic design quote earlier, you should forget the past, live the present and prepare for the future.


6. Never Give Up:

Never Give Up

Last but not least is determination. Some graphic designers who fail at first give up instantly. Those who give up easily should read this short narration about the great inventor Thomas Edison. “Thomas Alva Edison went through numerous tries to create the light bulb. Instead of giving up even after failing so many times, Edison was of the view that he did not fail. On the contrary, he believed that he found numerous ways of NOT creating a light bulb.”

In the end, I would say that to try and not succeed rather than not trying at all. I hope my tips will encourage young and aspiring graphic designers to never lose hope and learn for their failure.


Tags: failure handling, failure handling tips, graphic designers failure, graphic designing
  1. Adam Booth On August 23rd, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Great post and full of inspirational points that show that all designers go through the same feelings. I defiantly agree when you say, “the fear of failing is what causes failure.” I also like the small piece about Thomas Edison. I believe it has a great message, not to look at mistakes as failures but as way to grow and look at it as experience for the next step. In such a cut throat and competitive industry (only made worse by the worlds current economic climate) it is difficult as a designer not to get disheartened by any mistakes or ‘failures’.

  1. Webdesignexpertz On August 23rd, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Would love to add one more to this beautiful and inspiring list….

    - Do not fear to take calculated risk due to failures

  1. Interior Design On August 24th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for the post. Failing at something could help you get even better at it. Especially in the design world, it is important to be able to throw out hundreds of ideas and although 99 are terrible you might get one good one.

  1. yassel- sign company On August 27th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I like design #5 Let it go, Move On Is true that you should forget the past, live the present and prepare for the future.

  1. Creative Graphic design On August 29th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    The most important part is “Accept your Mistakes” because when we start taking self-justice of our selves then we can become a success business man/women. First of all we need to checkout that we’re capable to perform this task and also we need to first access our capabilities.

  1. Chinthaka Herath On August 29th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Really great article to read & it’s true when you’re a graphic designer sometimes things could take a turn for the worst, but just reading Thomas Edison’s quote, sure could lead you to a brighter tomorrow.

  1. Alina On August 30th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Thank you , for sharing just came on time. just dealing with a situation quite according to this post.

  1. Graphic Design On September 12th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    A graphic design conveys the concept in the specific method. So it is very interesting..

  1. Michelle On September 20th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I love the quote from Edison - that part where he had created many ways of NOT creating a light bulb! I try to employ this mind-set when I create something that ‘goes to waste’. I keep it there and look for ways to reuse it and try to be happy with the fact that I probably learnt some new techniques in the process, so it wasnt a complete waste!…

  1. Victoria On October 6th, 2011 at 4:27 am

    This is a great article! i had to stop and read it. This encouragement will go a long way for me. This has come @ the right time. But, I have to say it is because I keep seeking it and I am glad it was here to be found. I am glad I didn’t give up!

  1. Eliz-Mari On October 16th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Everybody makes mistakes; the world is not all perfect. The important thing is that you see your failure as an opportunity to improve your work and learn out if your mistakes. Just don’t give up, keep on trying and you will succeed. Great article

  1. David On January 30th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I didn’t expect this article to be useful but actually it was. It’s easy to get caught up with what you’re doing NOW, instead of looking back to see how you can do it better

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