Trust

There are times in our design lives when we have to seek help from colleagues and associates. Whether it’s a technique or resource to help get things done, we have a circle of people that we trust. Students especially have to let go of their apprehension and be able to trust the teacher. Only then are they able to learn.

If at any time that apprehension comes back, we no longer are able to learn. Walls are built up and the teacher’s expertise is questioned. This concept of trust is earned and respected. This only comes with time and experience.

There are no shortcuts to trust. Our personal and professional networks are built based on trust. Relationships are built on trust. We need trust in our lives to contribute to the well-being of our society. Please don’t confuse promises with trust though.

Place your trust in people and organizations that have a track record worthy of your standards. Vice versa, you have to have a track record of standards as well.

Designers need that trust in all that we do, from our tools to our associates. We trust because we are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.

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Permission

I have students that keep in touch with me even years after they’ve graduated from UCLAx’ Design Communication Arts Program. Being proud of their accomplishments is an understatement–they’re acheivements send me beaming with pride knowing that they’re bringing into reality what they’ve been visualizing for years.

These students are now my associates, my peers, my co-workers, and my children of design. Like I am a child of design of my teachers and instructors, these students will carry on a legacy that has been passed down through me.

What makes these students great is their confidence in themselves and their abilities as well as being part of a network, a village of designers–because we care about what we create, our worth is enhanced.

We help each other, teach each other, and counsel when needed. But, one thing we never do is ask for permission to achieve our greatness.

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