Design by fluke

How long should it take to design a tea towel? More specifically, how long should it take to design a tea towel when you’ve already drawn the motif you’re going to use, and it’s simply a question of playing around with colour and format? Answer: 4 hours 53 minutes. In other words, too long. 3 hours 58 minutes too long by my reckoning. I knew I struggled with colour, but to struggle with format too?? All I can say is, it’s a good job I’m in it for the long haul.

The greatest insult to injury, is that the teal number (i.e. the one I’m most pleased with … and probably the most original of the three), happened by accident. One wrong click of the mouse and I end up with a watering can tower. And I think I kind of like it. I stare at it for a bit longer. I think I really do actually like it. (This is rare.) It has a bit of a retro vibe going on, which pleases me. What does not please me, however, is that this is not something that evolved organically from a brilliant idea in my oh so brilliant designer’s mind. This happened because my stubby fingers hit the wrong buttons. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be too bothered. However, most of my favourite designs to date have come into being as a result of the very same thing. This rather worries me;

  • Can I rely on enough finger errors to produce sufficient designs to run a business?
  • Is it possible to build and sustain a successful design business on errors alone?
  • Are the designs really mine, or is it all down to Illustrator??
  • Am I just a fraud???

I sense I might be overthinking. Again. On the other hand, I have three coordinating tea towel designs ready for a sample print. I’ll take it.









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