Embrace constraints

Design without constraints is pure art, a reflection of self-satisfaction not problem solving.

As Charles Eames (1907-1978), an industrial designer describes art has no external constraints. Artists choose their constraints on their own. They will embrace everything that would help them convey a meaningful story and create a particular aesthetic form.

But the designers?

They can’t ignore the external constraints. As a project begins, it starts with requirements. objectives, deadlines, guidelines, and you name it. As it progresses, designers reveal more constraints. They get more insights from users, more feedback from stakeholders–which help them tighten up the end result.

Constraints are not the enemy of creativity.

Constraints complement creativity that helps you to be more focused on reaching the end goal. To build something meaningful for those who need it. Not to feed your own ego.