Week 6:

This weeks talk came from our Tutor Matt and revolved around failure.

“Ever tried, ever failed-No matter. Try again, fail again-fail better”

-Samuel Beckett

Admittedly discussing failure does sound fairly depressing, but like everything else- it’s all about perspective.

Essentially the jist of this talk was that you only really fail when you don’t try, there are always going to be times  when we don’t succeed or at least not to the level we expect to. There will be times when we’ve tried our best, given it our all and it still wasn’t quite enough.

However as I already said- it’s all about perspective.  Nothing is achieved without a degree of failure. It’s by doing things wrong that we learn what works. As designers failure is an integral part of succeeding.

In fact I would argue that the majority of the design process is about failure. We get from 10 ideas to 1 through the others failing in some way. When we have an idea we then move through iterations, using the failures of each set to inform the next. We prototype because we don’t expect the first version to succeed, we prototype so we can find what doesn’t work and what fails so that the next one will be better.

In his talk Matt went through the times in his career when he had felt that he had failed. When his Kickstarter didn’t get enough money, when the company he was working for fell apart, when ideas fell flat and when products ultimately went nowhere.

But with each failure another lesson was learnt leading, ultimatley to success!

I will leave you with some inspirational words which have neither come from Matt nor I;

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

-Thomas Edison

…one more for good luck…

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right!”

-Henry Ford


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