Dec 20, 2023

Training your creative muscles

Creator of Dive

Product designer at Cash App

The creativity faucet changed the way I approach my design work forever.

Let me explain...

First, take a second to visualize your creativity as a backed-up pipe of water (with a single faucet).

The first mile is nothing but wastewater that must be emptied before you can get to the good stuff πŸ‘‡

Getting through every bad idea that comes to mind is the only way to arrive at a design you're truly proud of...

❌ Don't fight bad design ideas

βœ… View them as a necessary part of your process.

"This works because it is easier to look at something bad and intuit how to make it better than to make something good from scratch"
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- Julian Shapiro

The more consistently you dump bad ideas into Figma, the more quickly you'll be able to arrive at better ones.

Building momentum is key.

Just like going to the gym every day... you can train your creative muscles through consistency πŸ’ͺ

Now imagine the gains you can make by ideating, creating, and shipping something new every single day for 365 days 😯

That's why I was so excited to interview Soren Iverson to learn how he trains his creative muscles.

If you don't know him by name, then I bet you'll still recognize designs like Uber Hotbox or the iMessage typing indicator.

The man is creative I'll give him that πŸ˜† So in this episode we get into:

  • How he overcomes creative blocks

  • Strategies for being consistent

  • How to jumpstart your network online

  • Tactics for growing your product sense

  • Why Soren is learning to code

  • + a lot more

Listen on Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts πŸ‘‡

The creativity faucet changed the way I approach my design work forever.

Let me explain...

First, take a second to visualize your creativity as a backed-up pipe of water (with a single faucet).

The first mile is nothing but wastewater that must be emptied before you can get to the good stuff πŸ‘‡

Getting through every bad idea that comes to mind is the only way to arrive at a design you're truly proud of...

❌ Don't fight bad design ideas

βœ… View them as a necessary part of your process.

"This works because it is easier to look at something bad and intuit how to make it better than to make something good from scratch"
​
- Julian Shapiro

The more consistently you dump bad ideas into Figma, the more quickly you'll be able to arrive at better ones.

Building momentum is key.

Just like going to the gym every day... you can train your creative muscles through consistency πŸ’ͺ

Now imagine the gains you can make by ideating, creating, and shipping something new every single day for 365 days 😯

That's why I was so excited to interview Soren Iverson to learn how he trains his creative muscles.

If you don't know him by name, then I bet you'll still recognize designs like Uber Hotbox or the iMessage typing indicator.

The man is creative I'll give him that πŸ˜† So in this episode we get into:

  • How he overcomes creative blocks

  • Strategies for being consistent

  • How to jumpstart your network online

  • Tactics for growing your product sense

  • Why Soren is learning to code

  • + a lot more

Listen on Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts πŸ‘‡

The creativity faucet changed the way I approach my design work forever.

Let me explain...

First, take a second to visualize your creativity as a backed-up pipe of water (with a single faucet).

The first mile is nothing but wastewater that must be emptied before you can get to the good stuff πŸ‘‡

Getting through every bad idea that comes to mind is the only way to arrive at a design you're truly proud of...

❌ Don't fight bad design ideas

βœ… View them as a necessary part of your process.

"This works because it is easier to look at something bad and intuit how to make it better than to make something good from scratch"
​
- Julian Shapiro

The more consistently you dump bad ideas into Figma, the more quickly you'll be able to arrive at better ones.

Building momentum is key.

Just like going to the gym every day... you can train your creative muscles through consistency πŸ’ͺ

Now imagine the gains you can make by ideating, creating, and shipping something new every single day for 365 days 😯

That's why I was so excited to interview Soren Iverson to learn how he trains his creative muscles.

If you don't know him by name, then I bet you'll still recognize designs like Uber Hotbox or the iMessage typing indicator.

The man is creative I'll give him that πŸ˜† So in this episode we get into:

  • How he overcomes creative blocks

  • Strategies for being consistent

  • How to jumpstart your network online

  • Tactics for growing your product sense

  • Why Soren is learning to code

  • + a lot more

Listen on Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts πŸ‘‡

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