It’s late in the day, you’ve been working on a project for weeks, and you’re stumped. The client meeting is in hours, and you’ve got tons of ideas, none of which seem to be quite right. Then, self-doubt creeps in: What made you think you could do this in the first place? Did [insert design great here] have creative blocks?
The short answer is yes. The difference is that all those designers we now place on pedestals figured out how to push through (or embrace) the pain, and then wax poetic about it. And now, thanks to The Designer Says (Princeton Architectural
Press), a new book compiled and edited by Sara Bader, you can access the inspiring witticisms, quips, and pearls of wisdom of some of the world’s best graphic designers. So the next time you’re struggling with an idea, know that Saul Bass had his moments of failure, too.