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Aug 2, 2010

TO BE SAFE OR SORRY? - RISK AND CREATIVITY

A practicing designer inevitably asks himself or herself this question at some point in time: is the whole profession of interior design a kind of repeat-order service business? After all, nothing has not been done before. And if things aren't broken, why fix them? Just take a good enough design, make some tweaks to it and re-apply it everywhere. Right? No?

On a deeper level, any new creation involves risk and being risk-averse is a very comfortable place to be in.

Creativity is not solely about having great ideas. When I work with predetermined -and often constrained - budgets, I think very carefully how I should manage those constraints while challenging or surprising the clients with something new. It’s all about how I can make the solution better than what the client originally thought it can be.

But as with everything else in life, hurdles pop up sometimes and things just don't go your way when you do something which is out of your comfort zone. In our line of work, Murphy's Law seems to be the only law at times. And this is when you start questioning yourself if you should have avoided going by your guts in the first place.

Nevertheless, the saying goes "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong". I (strangely) find security in the adventurous and exciting. Yes, hiccups occur in our line of work but the satisfaction that ensues upon seeing a refreshing design I created at the end of the day supersedes everything else. Every time.


Stan

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