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What should Graphic Designers seek - Perfection or Satisfaction?

One thing that has been always bothering me and I am sure many of you will relate to it…attaining perfection in everything. I’m certain that many graphic designers face the same dilemma of constantly striving for perfection. Although at the same time, we all know that perfection is something that can be never achieved. Then why is it so that we go crazy trying to make our things “perfect”.

This thought of being perfect and never able to reach it makes us really upset and pessimistic. Therefore, today I felt like discussing it here with all my readers to know if you all are caught in the same tight spot.

Let me also clarify that I certainly don’t intend to demoralize you guys, on the contrary, I wish to help you find perfection within yourself. The thing about human ambition is that it’s so powerful and passionate, that no matter how high we reach we are never satisfied. Here, I would like to quote a saying that I also featured in my design quotes post:


Satisfaction is the key to Perfection?

Although, graphic designers claim to be always striving for perfection because they are not satisfied with what they create. But in reality, it is the clients that they try to satisfy and not their ownselves. There are countless occasions when you are confident that you’ve made a perfect design, but then your client comes up saying it’s not what he had in mind. So, finally you slaughter your creativity and start making something which could satisfy your client so you get your committed bucks.

Here arises the question…What perfection means for you? Is it being famous? Is it being rich? Is it what others want you to be? Or is it just trying to be a man of value?


 “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

Albert Einstein

In short, everything that satisfies your soul and makes you feel happy is a “perfect artwork” Always remember “Perfect is who you are, not who someone else says you should be.” So your work should also reflect your personality and creative skills, not only the instructions you have been following.


Satisfied people are better Graphic Designers – Learn to be happy!!

Research and stats have proved that satisfied people are better graphic designers. Here are a few suggestions and encouraging thoughts that you can ponder on. I hope they will help you achieve more self-satisfaction and contentment:

  • • The first thing you need to learn is to stop running after perfection. Try to satisfy yourself first and perfection will follow you.
  • • Never feel dissatisfied with yourself or what you do in life. Remember, no one governs your life better than you.
  • • Stop wasting your time and energy wanting to change and trying to change. You are great the way you are.
  • • Stop idolizing others, trying to be like them. The way you are is what makes you distinct and unique.
  • • Stop focusing on competing with others, trying to beat them. Make your competition irrelevant and you will always win.
  • • It takes 37 muscles to frown and 22 muscles to smile…so Smile and play your part in conserving energy. ;)
  • • Instead of trying to improve yourself, you can spend your time helping others.
  • • No matter how many projects/orders you work on , you’re incomplete without self-realization. Always satisfy yourself before satisfying others.
  • Stop being a workaholic and start being a smug ;)

In the end my message to all the hard-working graphic designers is…Be happy with whatever you do and don’t worry about what the world thinks about you or your work. And for now also, remove this frown from your face and seek satisfaction in yourself, to be a perfect designer. :)


  1. xcubelabs On December 13th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    You should not be satisfied unless your design is perfect. This is my philosophy. Loved reading this post. :)

  1. Dennis Salvatier On December 13th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Great post and a great reminder. I’m glad I read this. Thank you.

  1. ArenaCreative On December 13th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Wow, what a collection of really good quotes. A lot of us are perfectionists, but eventually we learn to let go - realizing that being anal retentive never improved the situation. Eye and attention for detail is one thing, that’s good - but anal is not. You’ll drive yourself mad.

  1. ash On December 14th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    very good post… i think it relates to all people who are after success and not just graphic desighners… enjoyed reading it very much… :):):)

  1. Faramarz On December 14th, 2010 at 6:14 am

    so good. so useful… thanks for this post. i can’t say what i want but i try…;) ( My english is not well )
    I always have this problem… ((( it is the clients that they try to satisfy and not their ownselves. ))).
    I live in Iran and you can’t Believe that been a graphic designer in my country is unbearable. the country with so many low to Limit you in any kind of art… if you can satisfy yourself and your client… usually you cant satisfy the low))) for example if they can see the form of women body in your conceptual art… your work will absolutely destroy… Even if there where no women body…
    sorry for Badinage… i just want to say: i trying and try and try to satisfy myself but Until now I Can’t. hope this post can help me ;)
    Finally… Perfection or Satisfaction? both of them are Inaccessible. but I’m steel Hopeful…

  1. jewel On December 14th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    by myself, first I need satisfaction and after then it easily become perfection. I hope. Thanks for remind.

  1. Calgary Paper Design On December 14th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I am a graphic designer and I am far from a perfectionist. I have a number of friends who have helped me with projects but never again because they try to obtain perfection and it ends up looking the same as it did in the beginning… if you’re bothered by something in your design leave it for a day and when you come back to it the next day you probably won’t even notice or remember what the problem was.

  1. Rick Mainstreethost On December 14th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Great post, need to see things more from the public’s point of view. Being overly critical is just being counterproductive, just look at it and be satisfied.

  1. Flex Application development On December 15th, 2010 at 3:48 am

    enjoyed your article really nice thanks for share

  1. Robert On December 15th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Great post. Absolutely be proud of what you do, but realize it is work.

  1. francis On December 20th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    i enjoy reading this post, thanks to you writer, i guess is not just for designers but it cut across all spheres. thanks for giving me some thoughts.

  1. David Alexander On December 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    A difficult lesson to learn, and relearn, and relearn, etc.

    BTW I get the gist, but “what’s a smug?” [acronym maybe?]

  1. Anne On December 22nd, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I think that when minimalistic design is treated as a trend, this is already allowing graphic designers to become lazy. The entire idea of minimalism is function over form, while those that see it as a trend will only concentrate on the form. Treating minimalism as a trend makes designers lazy in a physical way, as making these designs takes less work, but also lazy in an intellectual way, as they are not actually thinking about the design and how best to convey their message to the public. If used in an intelligent fashion, minimalism can be used very effectively in communication of the message as well as the corporate identity of the firm they work for.

  1. Magento Themes On December 27th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I think that graphic designer has aesthetically very good sense of imagination,they always try to make appealing things.

  1. Julia On December 30th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Charlie,

    I love this blog, and this post especially. Thank you so much.

    Since I work primarily as a production artist, there does seem to be something to perfection. In my mind, it is a graphic file free of errors and costly mistakes. This is difficult to do, but when your work is the first in a long line of production, perfectionism saves people time and money. Who wants their product to run through 300+ factory workers only to realize it needs to be redone because the artist left off an important dot?

    Though, applying perfection to creativity, and “real” artwork (not the production stuff I do) doesn’t fit. People have so many ideas of what makes art or design… perfection simply isn’t possible. It is in the eye of the beholder. I agree with Einstein. It is more important to be an artist of, for and with value, than to be a perfectionist.

  1. Andrew On January 4th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I really enjoyed this post.

    Very insightful. For a long time I have been trying to give that perfection to make the money. Not only to give clients what they need but I don’t want to give anything other than perfection because I don’t want it to reflect poorly on myself. I think it’s even harder as a man to not get caught up in this.

    I think starting to work for something I’m happy with would carry better with clients. Stop trying for the perfection but more for what I think will work. In the end we should be happy with the product we put out. Not the perfection we think because it’s our product and I would still like to see a little of me in it.


  1. Ozza On January 5th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This is a great post and i’m so glad I read it!
    Not only in graphic design but in any field, people always beat themselves up because they want to be perfect. I think it is extremely important to be satisfied with everything including the things we aren’t too happy about. At the end of the day it’s all about learning and development.

  1. Lidi On January 17th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I read this at a time when I had a project on stand still because I couldnt find that perfect touch to finish it off.
    I look at it now and its perfect the way it is.
    Thanks for the post. its great.

  1. Cel Hernandez On March 11th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks you did inpired my soul.

  1. Johnny On March 25th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Like it, somehow this lecture calmed me down.

  1. Agne On October 20th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I really like this idea about being satisfied whatever you do. In my opinion not only positive designers attract clients, but all the different kinds of professionals are accepted more if they look happy :)

  1. Mobile Application Development Company On May 9th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Well…satisfaction doesn’t come till you don’t hold the perfection…this is what i think

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