7 Worthy Ideas to Make Good Use of Rejected Designs
The world is going through a hard time. People all over the world are getting laid off, and especially freelance designers are facing a lot of uncertainty.Most of us are seeing our designs either rejected or postponed, and that can feel like a low blow. Rejected designs can lead to imposter syndrome – something that we do not need on top of everything else.So today, we are going to deal with rejected designs in a positive and even lucrative way. Because we can all use a little inspiration. How to deal with rejection and rejected designs Having your designs rejected is never going to be easy. Even the most experienced designers don’t like to feel like they’ve missed the mark.The key point is to put it into perspective. 9 out of 10 times is nothing personal against your work, it’s about taste or context.Rather than being upset, it’s better to reflect and ask for feedback. Why is it not working? Can I improve upon it, or should I just start over?You won’t see most people talk about their failures, but most likely, they failed a lot before getting where they are today. And since failing is part of our jobs as designers (and as human beings), let’s just try to shift our mentality, and deal with it in the best possible way. 3 Projects that celebrate rejected designs I’m sure there are a lot more projects that share rejected designs, but I consider these three the most interesting to follow and to be inspired. Recently rejected Described by the author as a Curated Graveyard of both good and bad ideas, this project shows how it’s possible to take unused pieces of design and turn them into something new.It’s also a living proof that even the most experienced designers have rejected or unfinished pieces that never see the light of the day. Nearly Just like the previous project, Nearly is a celebration of projects that never went public. Two graphic design students decided to create this platform to support colleagues that might feel anxious when comparing their success to others. As such, Nearly acts as a statement. It shows that all creatives, especially those still in school, have to experiment a lot, fail a lot, and try again. All of that is normal and part of the process. Rejected design Instagram account In a less formal tone, this Instagram account focuses specifically on rejected logo designs.The idea is simple, and everyone can participate. You just have to send the rejected and the chosen logo, the brief, and your name. After that, they will create a post with both concepts side by side and let the audience give their input.Not surprisingly, the rejected designs are often as good or even better than the preferred concepts. List of suggestions If you’re not so sure about submitting your rejected work to someone’s project, there are a couple of other ideas that you can try and see what works best for you. Here’s a list of some suggestions. 1. Reuse in a similar contextDo you feel like your rejected concept is a good one that could be used in something else? Then don’t waste it! Save it for another time. You might have a scenario where you can use the same idea and alter it to work to a different client. » Read More
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