I don’t like every design I post on social media, but you shouldn’t like everything you post either. It is easy to get caught up with posting the “perfect” design or project. With the temptation of getting the most clicks or likes on social media is on the back of creative’s minds, it is difficult to let go.
Practice makes perfect…sometimes. Your exercises or projects are not always going to look amazing. A pen may bleed, a bubble may form, and a page might rip but don’t throw your creation out. The simple act of creating a new work is already improving your skillset. Go ahead and share that work. Instead of solely looking for the issues with the work, search for the elements that are “right” with it. My goal isn’t to tell you not to judge your work, but you should look at it from a different perspective once in a while. Acknowledging the failures and successes of your practice or work will help you develop as a designer/creator, not the likes.
There are past projects I have created and I am no longer fond of them. However, I keep these designs for self-reflection. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen a few of my then and now posts. Reflecting on work created after some time is great for visually noticing your growth as a creator. Tip: if you are in a creative rut redesigning a past work is a great option.
Here are two examples of my then and now posts:
Don’t Take it Personally
If you are searching for a 100% approval ratings online for everything you create, I can promise that will never happen. People are going to like, dislike, and be neutral about your work. Their reaction is not a reflection on their feelings towards you, the creator, as a person. Is it nice receiving visual approval from strangers on the internet by them liking a post? Sure. Does that mean you must rush to create perfect projects to appease followers and the algorithm? No.
Every creative starts somewhere. People starting in calligraphy, lettering, graphic design or any other form of art are also part of your creative community. Sharing your process or growth can be a large influence on those who are just beginning their craft.
Don’t hide behind the perfect curtain. Share the good, bad, and ugly of your process it could help yourself and others.