Should you take it personal?

Date posted: October 16, 2023

In creative field, it’s easy and would make sense to put a part of yourself into your work or product. It gives your work soul and personalities, put the downside of getting over-attached with your work is it will be very hard to receive any criticism. 

You have spent hours working on it, it has your experience and your emotions, it’s your baby, how can anyone says any bad things about it? By saying anything negative, it’s like saying that part of you is bad.

I think it’s best to dissasociate yourself with your work. I always have to remind myself that as soon as I  put down my pen, my hand left the cursor, that work is no longer belongs to me, it belongs to the world. From there I will be able start to look at it from an objective point of view, learn what can make it better and take criticism to my future work.

This reminds me of how Ed Sheeran always let his audience knows that they can interpret and relate to his songs as however they like based off their experiences instead of his, here’s his live performance of Eyes Closed, a song about grief and loss that I really like:

Should you paid for digital products? Adobe is cracking down on its unregistered software

Date posted: September 20, 2023

Adobe, the famous company behind world-renowned design products like Photoshop and Illustrator,… recently put its foot down and sent out a warning to all its unregistered products (i.e. illegal downloads, cracked software), warning them to purchase their products or unable to continue to use their products.

Why using cracked (illegal) software is dangerous?

I admit that I also downloaded cracked software and games (especially) from various corners of the internet so I think that gives me some sort of qualifications to speak on the matter. Downloading from untrusted sources on the internet is similar to buying drugs from a random guy on a street or behind a van in an alley. you play dice hoping to get what you want for free or viruses, or ransomware that hijack your computer and steal all your information. As I get older, my computer contains important logins and sensitive information, and the risk of it getting compromised or lost is not worth the reward of $10 or even $1000 for downloading software from sketchy sources.

“But I don’t have any money, so I shouldn’t need to pay for products”

Is similar to saying “I’m poor so it’s okay to steal or rob a bank!”. Digital products look tangible as they are just lines of codes, and pixels on the screen instead of physical products like a phone or a table but I can assure you that the time, effort, and resources put in to create those programs are very real. By paying for the games you like, the programs that help your workflow are a way to support and pay respect to the creators as well as your professions. If you don’t have money to pay for them, there are a ton of more affordable or free options in the market that suits your need. There are also benefits from paying for legitimate products like the support, the updates, and most importantly the ease of mind.

but here’s what I’m proposing to company who selling digital products: Parity Purchasing

Parity purchasing and how it will help both the sellers and the consumers.

This section is for people or companies who are planning or already selling their digital products online, as each country has a different GDP and income, a $20 USD monthly subscription in America is very different to people living in Southeast Asia. Enabling Parity pricing will open the door to many users trying your product at a fair price and suitable to where they are living.

As a web designer, most of the products/ services I used are subscription-based such as hosting (Cloudways), visual builder (Elementor, Crocoblock), and other additional plugins, services like WP-rocket, email SMTP, domain name,… They enable me to deliver wonderful, good-looking, and especially reliable websites that help client businesses. If you are a business or a service provider that is using cracked software, carefully consider the risks and liability you might bring to your own brands and your clients.

At the end, It’s just a tool, what’s more valuable is skill and a problem-solving mindset.

Is artificial intelligence taking web designers job?

Date posted: August 20, 2023

AI like Chat GPT or Midjourney only learn by replicating pattern and work that already posted online, which is including both good and bad design.

For me, To design is to solve a problem that a business might be having, not for aesthetic reason only. This is no means saying that AI is bad and you shouldn’t use it. AI can help you get the creative ball rolling, have some iteration and mockup work that you can brainstorm with your client but you should always learn the basics and understand the foundation before jumping to it blindly and use AI as a one tool for your design.

But using AI is cheating, true designers would start from scratch” – said an angry designer

There was a time when design is just with pen and paper, now we have Figma, Photoshop, various digital tools that can help your create process. As a designer, we should (or must) keep learning and innovate our craft to deliver values and spend more time to comunicate with our clients, not sticking with our pride by not learning new tools and become obsolete.

Check this video of Chris Do from the Futur talking about the difference between Design & Art:

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