Embrace your fuckups
We’re constantly told that failure is shameful, so much that we have become afraid of failing, of losing our face, and talking about it has become almost a taboo. And when we fuckup, we slowly descend into a spiral of self criticism, feeling vulnerable. This is particularly true for designers, who have to face fierce global competition and are constantly pressured to come up with ideas and solutions.
We also see society celebrating the simplistic success stories of famous designers and entrepreneurs, but no one ever sharing their failures. Why? Perhaps because we’re taught that the responsibility for our success only lies within ourselves. That we can always do better, if only we work harder. Which makes us focus so much on external validation. But we are not Rocky Balboa. Recognising that we have failed takes courage, but it has the power to turn our lives upside down, for the better. Also, fucking up is an incredible learning opportunity, especially for designers. This is why at Design Matters Tokyo we will share design fuckups and use them to encourage meaningful conversations about vulnerability, authenticity, and empathy. From the story of the accidentally explicit logo to the “intuitive” interface that made users forget how to use an app or the typeface nobody could read. Remember, mistakes are the portal of discovery!