Why Is design so hard to teach?
Many of you have been asking for tutorials on how to learn design. I took a stab at a design tutorial called “The Art Of Making Things Look Less Crappy Over Time.” This went a part of the way to help explain my specific process, but something was still missing. I started wondering WHY design is so hard to teach and to learn. It comes down to two things…
1. Learning design takes a TON of time. Abandon all hope in learning design quickly. In fact, there is a reason that there are a ton more “How to learn Photoshop” videos than “How to learn Design” videos. It’s because teaching and learning design is a time consuming process and can’t usually fit in the span of a tutorial.
2. Design is subjective. Different people have differing opinions of what looks good. This makes learning design a very personal, solitary journey. Design processes are forged on a per person basis. What works for me probably won’t work for you. Sure, there are rules to follow, but when it comes down to it, everyone has to follow their own sense of what looks “right.”
So, how DO you learn design. It all comes down to making a ton of mistakes and figuring out what looks good to you. You will also find tricks along the way that will help get you to a good design quicker than you used to. Remember, there are no right ways, just your way!