A note on perfectionism

Image credit: James Victore

If there is no such thing as perfect, does that mean there is no such thing as perfectionism? It’s a word and title that is self-appointed by a lot of designers and usually with a sense of pride, or at the very least, martyrdom.

Perfectionism is rarely about focussing on things that are “perfect” and mostly about ripping apart things that are imperfect. It focuses on mistakes and inadequacies, instead of what makes our work individually unique and different.

*Carrie Bradshaw voice* I couldn’t help but wonder, what’s the line between objectively good work and subjectively obsessive behaviour? Let me know if you’ve got it figured out. For now, here are some links.

Feck Perfuction
A book by James Victore. Still haven’t read it. Still intend to from the title alone.

Untamed
A book by Glennon Doyle. This one I have read, and I’m glad I did. Perfectionism is for the tamed. Be a goddamn cheetah.

Perfect Circle
Trying to get things perfect—in this case, drawing a perfect circle and being graded on it—is irrational and addictive.

Stay safe friends,
Gabby


Resource of the Week

A collection of beautiful commerce experiences on Shopify to help inspire designers, developers and merchants to create amazing things. This has been a super handy resource of late!

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Lucky Dip Links

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