Holidays can seem like the perfect opportunity to work on a burning idea that I have, and occasionally I’ve taken an opportunity away from my day job to try and bring a new concept into reality. But this approach doesn't always result in the rest my mind and body really need.
I’ve long been a huge fan of Dave Grohl because of his ability to switch between instruments and make it work. The first Foo Fighters album caught my imagination as a teenager because he played all the instruments and this inspired me to try to do the same in my career as a designer.
It’s difficult to feel the tension between yourself and other team members when you have differing ideas about how products should be built. Standing up for user needs is sometimes seen as an inconvenience when battling against crushing development deadlines. It’s even more difficult to feel this way when user experience isn’t valued as highly as it should be.