Something that I came to realize is something that I think most adults have never grasped: that people are attracted to your weirdness.
On Being Weird
When I took ownership of who I was, who God made me to be, in all of my quirky weirdness, I had confidence.
In the process of becoming a “grown up”, I kind of lost my weird–and it showed. It showed in my confidence as a person, as a designer, and in my work.
Normal Is An Illusion
Just like the standard of beauty that bombards us from the covers of magazines, normal is something that has been fabricated to make you feel like you need to change something about yourself to be accepted.
Way too often we kill ourselves tying to find ways to be successful the way that others are successful. We stop creating like us and try to create like someone else and we only find frustration.
Weird is worth it
When I was a freshman in college, I started wearing dresses with jeans. This was 1999, so jeans under dresses was not a thing in the fashion world–not even close. I got a lot of strange looks and questions of why I was wearing pants and a dress (God forbid). I always said, “Because I like it”. Then somewhere around the mid 2000’s this weird fashion I had set for myself started showing up in stores. When I was the only one it wasn’t always easy to be bold and do my own thing, but it was worth it and people respected me a little bit more after that. It’s that way with design too.
Weird people often create the trends, they don’t follow them. But it will take boldness and embracing your weird.
We are created to create what was put inside of us and when we get that out, our work will never go out of style.
The Weird & The Creative
As creatives, we have more opportunities than most to take chances and let our weirdness shine!
I think that designers should have a love-hate relationship with trends and a true love affair with being weird.
Don’t be like the rest of the world; be a creator—embrace your strangeness and find the power in it to create.