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50 Things I’ve learned in 2021

Figma Autolayout 3.0 – Life without

The first auto-layout version of Figma was great, but the design with Figma Autolayout 3.0 is much better. It’s easier to create a component for only one row first and multiple it as much as you need. Your design looks much better if you control only one master component with an auto-layout function. I believe it should speed up my work and create more consistency for all my components.

Even Google can fail

I remember the time of the first P2P Internet connection and Altavista, but I don’t remember a Google downtime. It was the first time when we had a chance to see a global downtime of Google servers and services in Europe. I felt like someone turned off the light and I needed to use candles. But what we can take from this issue? Nobody is perfect and you can’t design perfect services. It’s good to keep this in our minds and predict also empty states. It’s just good to fail …

Start with your vision and your passion

Nowadays designers concentrate a lot on coping with another designer and improving them instead of start being unique. Of course, taking inspiration is very important but it would be good to find yourself in your work and make you unique. So, don’t waste time and just be the fuck yourself! It doesn’t cost so much.

If you’re the best in the room, probably you have leave this place

Well, We are human and constantly have to grow. We look at the place where we can learn from different people. This is so important to find a place where we can meet smart people who can help us be better people at what we do. No matter who you are, if you’re reading this post right now, I would like to convince you to take an effort and think about your environment. Is there anyone from whom I can learn? If not, probably you’re in the wrong place.

Life is simple, but we humans just make it complicated

There is definitely some scientific rationale for that that I don’t know, but we over-complicate things that should be easy todo. This year, let’s try not to think about whether we should do something, just do it and strive for simplicity (also in design). Simple things are usually better accepted by others. This year I am trying to simplify my projects by asking myself the question: Can we make it easier? Will something happen if the user does not have all the functionalities we have assumed? Try to do the same and you will see that your life will get better.

Opportunity always exist

Opportunity is always around us, but not everyone is able to see it. To do this, you need to have an open mind and find inspiration. When we sit alone closed in our 4 walls, we are not able to see the opportunities that await us. You have to open up to the world and people and listen to what others have to say. Therefore, listen to others, read books, analyze, assume and validate your plans with others. It often turns out that a little pivot of an idea can turn into success.

Acting fast is more important than acting perfectly

When I look at some people, sometimes it feels like time doesn’t matter. Perfection is most important for them. Each of us would like his work to look great. Business, however, verifies such people. I think good designers understand the balance between excellence and business. That’s not easy but we should to improve forever.

If you need more time, you have to do less

Isn’t it easy? On the one hand, yes, on the other, no. There are consequences for every decision we make. Sometimes we work more and neglect our personal life, sometimes the other way around. Let’s do everything to have more time and use it for pleasure, time spent with family or study.

If you have a talent, the worst thing you can do is to play small

I believe that everyone has a talent for something. Many people do not abuse him because they feel comfortable. This is a big mistake. If you are reading this, I would like you to focus now on what you like to do and what you are good at. Go for it and aim high. Only in this way will you achieve even greater satisfaction.

When something works, react quickly. When something doesn’t work, react even faster

I see this problem in many startups. They do not want to verify what the market tells them. The founders wade into their blind vision. I just think that if I could recommend something to my clients, it would be this post. Measure your success and react decisively if you haven’t achieved your goals. If not you, your competition will do it for you.

Without self-confidence, there is no faith in other people.

Let’s not hide. You cannot be a good team leader if you do not believe in the success of the company and the people. Faith works wonders and motivates people to act. Each faith will find its fan. So let’s build our self-confidence and faith in the vision or change the company.

Use Frames more than Groups

Frames have more properties than groups, so you can do more with them. I knew about it from the beginning of Figma’s existence, but somehow it was easier to group. It takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it!

We can control our fears

Psychology is very interfering, we take many of our fears from our youth or inherit from our parents. However, we can control them. It was like that with me and also. But you know what? I overcame myself and became more courageous than I was before. Now the world is less able to surprise you. Try and be happier.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve done, but what you’ve done

Do you think you are effective? And yet you feel that time is slipping through your fingers? Research shows that over 80% of people procrastinate.
Time is over, when you think about it, you will find that you prefer to make the best of it.
Stop being lazy. Work.

Criticism is like a gift… makes our skills better

I don’t know about you, but it works for me. It makes me reflect. I don’t take offense and I definitely appreciate someone noticing me more than communicating it uncertainly. For example, my girlfriend hates criticism! She reacts defensively if someone criticizes her. However, there is nothing wrong with that. Allow yourself to hear any criticism and comments. Feel how you feel then. Make your own reflection and see how you handle it. This ability can be motivating and will allow you to be even better.

Saying NO is also a design skill

Have you ever really wanted to help a friend, acquaintance or family member and then regretted it? If not, let me tell you I had this problem. Over time, I have noticed that speaking is not very responsible. If you don’t feel something, don’t talk about it! Everyone will benefit from this.

Asking WHY is a design skill

After all, I already have almost 40 on my back and I still amaze myself both negatively and positively. What I understood this year is that I have not asked WHY enough. I thought this would show my unprofessionalism, and yet it was the other way around. The WHY question and clarification show our professionalism. Ask WHY at every turn.

What to do when you are out of inspiration?

No matter what you do, grab your favorite music video if you’re shooting music videos, pick up your favorite Dribbble project or find something you like and do it your way! Yes, my way. I assure you that inspiration and new ideas will come right away.

When you stand on the precipice, take one more step forward.

Of course, don’t do that if you really standing on real roof! But when you have a problem, don’t be afraid to move forward and act decisively when you have any issue. Do you think that Elon Musk or Steve Jobs would have gone down in history had it not been for their risky and desperate actions? Try to do this if this is a new experience and you will see a change in your life!

Sometimes I wish myself I could be an octopus, so I could slap 8 people at once

There are days when you are fed up with everything. I say I want to be an octopus. But then relief and empathy come. In each of us there is a little shadow child who dislikes certain things. However, we can limit such thoughts by controlling our condition and realizing that the shadow child wants to want you. Let him be dominated by a child of the sun who is understanding, cheerful and empathetic.

The list is updated successively, it intends to fill it up by the end of 2021.