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I hate seeing my work in real life, what should I do?

I usually like the results of my work, but I hate it when I see it in real life. Not because it looks different, I just don't like that it exists. Recently I designed a logo and it got published online, and I feel bad for hating it. Do you feel the same? How to deal with it?

First, let me plainly state... I empathize with the sentiment of the question. I'm not tying to devalue any aspect of the emotion behind the posting. I "get it".

Howevever, this to me, is a bad StackExchange question. It's not a direct question where direct answers could be provided. As I commented, current answer are all anecdotal and opinon-based. "One time I.... I do this... you should that... I feel your pain.... " Nothing that can be quantified and voted upon. All votes are emotion based. "Oh I feel that way.. up vote!" -- Which I understand. This is all absolutely fine and I don't inherently disagree with any of it.... IF SE were a discussion forum, but it's not.

Top this off with hitting Hot Network Questions and yes, it brings in new users and balloons the "view" stat. But you also get a lot of non-designers answering - thinking this type of emotion-driven posting is okay at this stack. Actually, I doubt they care about GD.SE at all, and merely want to throw their emotions on top of the existing emotions. Just human nature. It's all merely emotion based.. and this is why I think it's "unanswerable". The user is seeking empathy and compassion, not a direct resolution to a problem.

I'll post again.. I absolutely understand the emotion and the reasoning. I'm not trying to be derogatory towards any user, questioner OR answerer. I DO "get it". I'm merely thinking "business" and what SE guidelines are.

So how could such a question be posed where I think it would be more inline with SE guidelines - meaning more direct with possibly quantifiable answers...

(Realize this is written in my voice, not the original user's - which is why I'm hesitant to edit the question itself.)


I hate seeing my work in real life, what should I do?

I usually like the results of my work, but I hate it when I see it in real life. Not because it looks different, I just don't like the decisions I made while designing. I don't understand why I'm happy with the work initially, then find so much fault with it later. Is there a way to avoid this dissatisfaction in the future?

Recently I designed a logo and it got published online. Upon reviewing it, I believe the color I chose may be inappropriate for the client's actual usage. When reduced, it doesn't retain some of the aspects I thought were more engaging. I believe I could have ultimately done a better job. However, I can't express my dissatisfaction to a satisfied client.

How can I ensure the work I create will be more resilient and hold up better in the long run? Ultimately, I'd like to be happy with my work whenever I see it. Are there methods for ensuring I don't make poor design decisions today, that will be glaring to me tomorrow?


Now, this still kind of skirts the "subjective" area. But, I feel there's enough "meat" to it to allow actual quantifiable answers, citing the psychology involved, and some methodology to be more consistent.

So.. Am I merely being a bit too adamant about the SE format regarding the original question?


As always, please realize I'm not "up in arms" about this at all. I see it as merely a discussion and I'm expressing my opinion and trying to explain my reasoning. Sometimes how I write, the words/phrasings I chose, can be read as waaaaay more aggressive than I intend. I'm not seeking to "beat others into submission". If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. :)

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  • I tend to agree that this question might not belong on GDSE. Not so much because it's opinion/emotion based, but more because it's a general issue that applies to many jobs. I also agree with @joojaa though that it would be nice for the site to have more non-Adobe support questions. Ideally the chat could be a place for such discussions, but it's not exactly well-attended. Your attempt at rephrasing the question misses the point as I understand it. The OP doesn't seem to dislike the design itself, but the emotions they get seeing it in real life.
    – Wolff
    Sep 1 at 20:37
  • I'm all for non-Adobe questions. I don't disagree there, but if you last sentence is the case (which I perceive as well), designers just aren't adequately equipped to help others through emotional issues. And again, why I think it's off topic.
    – Scott
    Sep 1 at 20:40
  • You are probably right. But what makes me hesitate is that this emotional issue isn't just the OP's unique personal experience. It's a more general issue for designers. Something I've often heard from other designers and also experienced myself. But yes, for designers to help with this is a bit like having a mechanic help other mechanics with back pains perhaps. I'm not sure.
    – Wolff
    Sep 1 at 20:47
  • "for designers to help with this is a bit like having a mechanic help other mechanics with back pains perhaps. " --- ermm yup :) It's "human condition" related and would probably get better answers at psychology.stackxchange.com :)
    – Scott
    Sep 1 at 20:57
  • While i agree psychology would be a good place. I think there should be room for work psychology that specifically affects designers.
    – joojaa
    Sep 2 at 3:38
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    Could we ask everyone to weigh in on this discussion through an answer, so we can vote and come to a consensus?
    – PieBie Mod
    Sep 2 at 12:36
  • I'd post an answer.. but.. errr. It'd be a copy paste of the question :)
    – Scott
    Sep 3 at 8:59

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