重点 (Top highlight)
It’s easy to get excited about your job if you’re designing for a company or industry that you REALLY care about, but the reality is that most people won’t actually get to do that. Don’t believe me? You don’t have to, this is actually coming from Gallup, who found that around the world only 13% of people are actually engaged at work, that leaves 87% not happy.
我 T的很容易感到兴奋你的工作，如果你正在设计一个公司或行业，你很在意，但现实情况是，大多数人不会真正得到这样做。 不相信我吗 您不必一定要这样做，这实际上是来自盖洛普(Gallup) ，他发现，在全球范围内，只有13％的人实际从事工作，这使87％的人不高兴。
I don’t have number for design specific jobs, but my guess is that it won’t deviate drastically, let me explain why. The companies that you consider cool, only need so many designers, and if you’re working as a freelancer, the “cool” clients probably aren’t coming as often as you’d like. On top of that, these cool companies that you wish you could work for will probably have designers taking “your” place, but some of them would probably rather work somewhere else. See what I mean?
我没有设计特定工作的编号，但是我猜想它不会出现很大的偏差，请允许我解释一下原因。 您认为很酷的公司只需要这么多的设计师，而如果您是自由职业者，那么“很酷”的客户可能不会像您想要的那样经常出现。 最重要的是，您希望您能为之工作的这些很酷的公司可能会让设计师代替您，但其中一些人可能宁愿在其他地方工作。 明白了吗？
Now, if you are in a position where you can work with whoever you want, being able to pick your clients or projects, well… Congrats! You’re one of the lucky ones, just don’t forget that you deserve a fair compensation even if you’re having tons of fun, and love the company, if you’re good at something, you should never do it for free (or even below a fair price).
Ok… what about the rest of the mortals? Is all hope lost?
I don’t think so, otherwise this would be a very different article.
奋斗可以是积极的 (Struggle can be positive)
Even though I suck at it, I really love skateboarding, and I would love to have had the chance to design something for a skateboarding brand, just because I relate so much with the culture and industry. Unfortunately, except for university & personal projects, I never really got the opportunity — but that's fine.
The truth is that, like most people, I have more than a single passion and it just happens that my biggest passion actually isn’t skateboarding. If you follow me on Medium you can probably guess what it is — Design. For me, that means that if I’m doing something related with Design I’m probably happy, the “what” that actually is becomes a secondary concern.
事实是，像大多数人一样，我不仅拥有一种激情，而且恰恰是我最大的激情实际上不是滑板。 如果您在Medium上关注我，您可能会猜到它是什么-设计。 对我来说，这意味着如果我正在做一些与Design相关的事情，我可能会很高兴，实际上是“什么”成为了第二要务。
Thought, even when your job is actually doing the thing you love the most it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, there’s a reason why someone is paying you to do something, there will be always things you’d rather not do, clients you would rather not have, meetings you’d rather skip, conversations you’d rather avoid, but it’s all part of the job, and if you love the essence of it you should be able to power through the rest.
In my past I’ve designed a magazine for real-estate, ads for auto-dealers, branding for accounting firms, books for children, and much more… not exactly what I would describe as “dream jobs”, but it helped me pay the bills whilst I was getting real world experience, learning stuff and progressing.
I’m lucky to say that I’ve been designing professionally since I was 18, but there were times before and briefly after where my job wasn’t design related, just because I needed a salary to be able to get by. Right after graduating from university I struggled to find actual paying job or clients… can’t say I miss the Portuguese financial crisis from 2010. Believe it or not, I was hired not once but twice, to work for companies that after a few months just stopped paying my salary, no notice, nothing… Oh, and they expected me to just continue to show up and work as if that was normal… 🤷♂
I also tried freelance and lets just say that most of the clients I got still owe me money…
Thanks to all that good luck, I decided to look for a “real” job, any job that could be a bit more reliable. That’s how I ended up working on toll roads. I know, kind of random, but at least I could pay the bills and in between drivers I spent the dead time drawing on my sketch book, which helped me improve my drawing skills. #silverlining
多亏了所有的好运，我决定寻找一份“真实的”工作，任何可能更可靠的工作。 这就是我最终在收费公路上工作的方式。 我知道，这是随机的，但至少我可以付账，并且在两次驾驶之间，我将空余时间花在了素描本上，这有助于我提高绘画技巧。 #silverlining
It didn’t take long to actually get back to designing, but this struggle helped me gain some perspective, which is why I see the chance to get paid to design anything as a real gift.
That’s not one of the tips though, this is just context to help illustrate where I’m coming from. Honestly, I hope you don’t have to go through any kind of struggle to start to appreciate your job, but sometimes that can help — what doesn’t kill you, doesn’t just make you stronger, it also makes you appreciate things a bit more.
Now, let’s get into the actual tips.
1.一点幸福就可以走很长一段路 (1. A little happiness can go a long way)
Make sure that you love something about your job, I mean REALLY love. The pay-check doesn’t count in case you’re wondering, that will never be real love.In order to endure the things you don’t enjoy, you need a pay-off (again, not the money kind), something you’re looking forward to. If you don’t have that something you’ll just burn yourself down and probably others around you.
确保您爱上一份工作，我的意思是真正的爱。 如果您想知道，薪水支票不会算作真正的爱情。为了忍受您不喜欢的事情，您需要还清(不是金钱的东西)，您很期待。 如果您没有这些东西，那么您将自己和周围的其他人都烧掉。
If you’re a designer, I have good news. There are many sides to our job, and you don’t have to love every single one of them. You might be more inclined towards crafting interactions and/or visuals, maybe you like to interact with people and learn about them or you’re just really into prototyping stuff. Whatever it is, lean into it and turn it into your super power. Find a reason to do it as much as possible, because if you do, people will start noticing your inclination towards that, and likely start seeing you as the expert of that, which likely means that you’ll probably get to do more of it.
如果您是设计师，我有个好消息。 我们的工作有很多方面，您不必爱每个人。 您可能更倾向于设计互动和/或视觉效果，也许您想与人互动并了解他们，或者您真的在制作原型产品。 不管它是什么，都要靠它，将它变成您的超级力量。 找到尽可能多的理由，因为如果这样做，人们会开始注意到您对此的倾向，并可能开始将您视为该领域的专家，这可能意味着您可能会做更多的事情。
Personally, I’ve been doing this through out my entire career, and believe me it just works, and my job just keeps on becoming more and more the things I like the most.
With a little luck, you can leverage that little thing that makes you happy and turn it into your full time job. Now, if you’re a bit like me, and love a bit of variety, then you can try to look for the intersection point of the things you love and bring them together, when it makes sense, of course.
For instance, I love illustration, though working as a Product Designer you don’t always get a chance to actually illustrate, so I had to find a way.
If you need to present your work, you can focus on the actual work, show off your prototypes, mocks and flows, but after a while that becomes a bit boring and not super engaging, as a way to combat that you can do a bit of storytelling, and illustration goes perfectly with that. See what I mean? The opportunities are there, you just have to be willing to take them.
如果您需要展示您的作品，则可以专注于实际的作品，展示您的原型，模拟和流程，但是过一会儿，这会变得有些无聊且没有超级吸引力，以此作为一种战斗方法，您可以做一些讲故事，而插图则与此完美契合。 明白了吗？ 机会就在那里，您只需要愿意抓住它们。
2.不断进步 (2. Keep progressing)
The are no shortcuts, as far as I know, the only way you get good at something is by practising it. I believe that “talent” is just a sum of passion and repetition. The cool thing about practising is that the better you are, the easier and funner it becomes.When you’re progressing at the things that you love, it will be noticeable, and as I already said for the previous point, people will think of you first when that thing is needed. Which just gives you the chance to do more of it and get even better in the process.
据我所知，这不是捷径，唯一擅长做某事的方法就是练习。 我相信“人才”只是激情和重复的总和。 练习的一个很酷的事情是，你变得更好，变得越容易和越有趣。当你在做自己喜欢的事情时，它会变得引人注目，正如我前面提到的那样，人们会想到您首先需要那个东西。 这只是让您有机会做更多的事情，并在此过程中变得更好。
If you’re afraid you’ll get stuck doing one thing and will eventually start hating it, switch it up. Get better at more stuff, specially things that complement the things you’re already good at.
For instance, going back to me, I’m a bit of a design slut and love almost every field, being animation one of them.
I can’t imagine just stopping doing animation, so… in one of the first assignments when I started my first UX job, I found a way to sneak it — at first as a way to present work, then turning that into prototypes… and guess what? That’s where I started to become the “animation guru” in the team. Looking back, I wasn’t even that great at it, but with enough practice it started became noticeable my passion for it, and it became one of my “super powers”, and because of that I was able to do it more and more, which allowed me to learn, improve and get better at it.
我无法想象只是停止做动画，所以……在开始我的第一个UX工作的第一个任务中，我找到了一种潜行的方法-首先是一种呈现作品的方式，然后将其变成原型……并且你猜怎么了？ 那就是我开始成为团队中“动画大师”的地方。 回顾过去，我什至没有那么擅长，但是经过足够的练习，它开始成为我对它的热情，并成为我的“超级大国”之一，因此，我能够做得越来越多，这使我能够学习，改进并变得更好。
I must warn you though, this is where the impostor syndrome strikes the hardest. When you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things, in your mind you’ll never be good enough.
As you learn and progress at a certain thing, you’ll realize there’s much more you didn’t know, and so much more talented people around the world.Don’t let that discourage you, progression is an internal battle, if today you’re better than yesterday, you’re on the same track all these talented people went through.
Being good at something isn’t a final state, it’s a never ending work in progress. The moment you stop trying to get better, is the moment you start to get worst.
3.给af＃ck (3. Give a f#ck)
When you just don’t care, you can be really good at something but still deliver crap. This is where you really need to do some soul searching and find a reason to care about what you’re about to deliver. If you can’t find anything I can give you something to care about — care about yourself.
当您根本不在乎时，您可以真正擅长某些事情，但仍然会带来一些麻烦。 在这里，您确实需要进行全面的搜索，并找到理由来关心即将交付的产品。 如果您找不到任何东西，我可以给您一些值得关心的事情-关心您自己。
Take pride in your work and have a little self-respect. As a designer, you’re in a position where you can make the world a bit better than it is, even if it’s just visually better. So push for your best ideas, get a backbone and fight for what you believe in.
对您的工作感到自豪，并要有一点自尊。 作为设计师，即使在视觉上更好，您也可以使世界比现在更好。 因此，推动您的最佳想法，获得支持并为您的信念而奋斗。
If you design just for the pay-check you might see yourself without one sooner than you think. These things catch up to you.
Now, good designers don’t just care about themselves, they have empathy with who they’re designing for, so my advice there is to do some research. Learn more about these people and try to connect with them on a more human level. Seeing the impact that your work can have, and going beyond numbers can really help you start caring about what you deliver.
现在，优秀的设计师不仅会在乎自己，他们会对设计对象有所了解，因此我的建议是进行一些研究。 了解有关这些人的更多信息，并尝试在更人性的层面上与他们联系。 看到您的工作可能产生的影响以及超越数字，这确实可以帮助您开始关心所交付的内容。
It also helps if you care in someway about the company’s mission, even if the thing you’re designing for them isn’t your dream.
What if you can’t believe in their mission because it’s evil? — personally I don’t have experience at that level, but my naive advice would be to try to push for change from the inside, worst case scenario you’ll get fired because of it, you can get on the news or write a medium post about it and on the next day you’ll have companies that respect your view offering you a job. 😅
如果您因为邪恶而无法相信他们的使命，该怎么办？ -个人而言，我没有该级别的经验，但是我的天真建议是尝试从内部推动变化，在最坏的情况下，您会因此而被解雇，您可以获取新闻或撰写媒介发布相关信息，第二天，您将拥有尊重您观点的公司，为您提供工作。 😅
4.不要只是挂在那里 (4. Don’t just hang in there)
If you want to take action and start pushing for the things you care the most sometimes it might be difficult to actually get started, because you already have a lot of work to do, and the right opportunity can take time to arise, but be patient and stay sharp. Above anything, make sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity, even if it required an extra effort. This is for you, so if you don’t put in the effort, nobody will.
如果您想采取行动并开始努力进行自己最关心的事情，有时可能很难真正开始，因为您已经有很多工作要做，正确的机会可能会花费一些时间，但要耐心等待并保持敏锐。 最重要的是，即使您需要付出额外的努力，也要确保您不要错过机会。 这是给您的，因此，如果您不付出努力，没人会这么做。
Also, don’t give up on the first challenge, sometimes it takes a bit for people to notice your efforts, just make sure to be consistent and keep pushing. If after a significant push from your side you don’t see a return, then it’s time to redirect your efforts to a place where you can potentially see that happening, which possibly means looking for another job.
I’ve been there. It’s easy to get stuck in the tunnel, after a while the darkness starts to seem familiar, kind of comfortable even, to a point where you forget that light is even a thing.
Or maybe, you know it’s still there but you just expect it to find you, but in life most of us aren’t in a train and if you want to see light again, you have to walk towards the end of the tunnel.
5.组队 (5. Team up)
Continuing the tunnel metaphor, you’re not on a train but you’re not actually alone. Most of the time there will be people around you, and these can also be your way to get to the light, and you can even walk towards it together.
After more than a decade working for different companies in very different countries I came to realize that this is true everywhere. The impact that the people you work with have on how much you love what you‘re doing, sometimes can be greater than the actual job. That means that even if you have your dream job you might end up hating it just because of the people you’re working with.
在非常不同的国家为不同的公司工作了十多年之后，我才意识到在所有地方都是如此。 与您一起工作的人对您对所做工作的热爱程度的影响有时会大于实际工作。 这意味着即使您拥有理想的工作，您也可能会因为与您一起工作的人而讨厌它。
Now, most of the times you can’t actually pick the people you work with, but you can at least try to be the positive change.
Most important thing to keep in mind, don’t be an asshole. Believe it or not, that goes a long way.
Don’t judge people by their surface, try to see their potential. Most of your teammates can actually help you be better, and you can help them too. Just leverage each other’s skills, do cool things and be kind, before you know it you’ll have made a few new friends, and going to work will become that much easier.
不要从表面上评判人，而是要看看他们的潜力。 实际上，大多数队友都可以帮助您变得更好，您也可以帮助他们。 仅仅利用彼此的技能，做一些有趣的事情，并表现出友善，在不知不觉中就已经结识了几个新朋友，而工作将变得更加容易。
What if you’re surrounded by assholes? Don’t bother trying to be the positive change, just run to the exit, that’s definitely not a sustainable place to work, specially if you’re looking to actually love what you do.
6.让自己开心 (6. Allow yourself to have fun)
A simple fact of life is that eventually, we’re all going to die, so there’s no point in taking life super seriously. Have fun with it, take chances and when you can, make it entertaining, even if it’s just for you.
I feel like everyone is using memes and GIFs in presentations for that exact reason nowadays, but personally I like to take in one step further, where people might not expect it – easter eggs. I lost count how many times I’ve subtly quoted Michael Scott, I know it’s kind of silly but it just makes it fun for me and it’s not even that hard. See?
如今，我觉得每个人都在演示中使用模因和GIF，但是我个人更喜欢采取进一步措施，人们可能不会想到它-复活节彩蛋。 我数不清我引用迈克尔·斯科特(Michael Scott)的次数，我知道这很愚蠢，但这对我来说很有趣， 这并不难 。 看到？
The extra bonus you also get, is when someone notices it, you might have just made a new friend for life.
Another way to have fun is to work on something for yourself. It doesn’t even have to be something with big ambitions, just have fun and take the change to learn stuff and get better at something.
Personally I really think having fun is key, that’s why I often engage in side things like making a poster for this thing or a sticker for that other thing, because I have fun with that and it’s a nice break from the day-to-day routine. And if your company does things like hack days, join in and find something fun to work on.
Remember this, the moment you stop having fun brings you once step closer to the moment when you start to hate it.
7.休息一下 (7. Take a break)
Last, but probably the most important thing in this article, take a break.
As you can see by the frequency I post on Medium, I’m not afraid of taking a break. When I thought of this point I did a bit of research and came across this article, which reminded me other things I read in the past — which is probably why I came up with it in the first place — where researchers have study people working and they found there’s an actual limit to the amount of time that a human being can stay concentrated in a single task without a break, and apparently that’s less than an hour (between 52–45 min, depending where you read it), so, you’re not actually making yourself or your employer any favours by working long hours without taking a break.
从我在“中”上发布的频率可以看出，我不害怕休息一下。 当我想到这一点时，我做了一些研究，发现了这篇文章 ，这使我想起了我过去读过的其他东西-这也许就是为什么我首先提出它的原因-研究人员在这里研究工作和他们发现一个人在不间断地专注于一项任务的时间上有一个实际的限制，而且显然少于一小时(在52-45分钟之间，具体取决于您在何处阅读)，因此，实际上，长时间不休息不会真正使自己或您的雇主受益。
You need breaks to allow your brain to process information, and to make sure that the time you’re investing in something is actually pushing you forward. Work smarter, not harder.
You might already been doing it unintentionally, by mindless scrolling slack or looking at cat memes on the internet, so why don’t be intentional about it?
This goes beyond just taking breaks every hour or so. You also have to allow yourself to switch off when you leave work and enjoy the other things in your life. Again, if you don’t, you’re not actually making anyone any favours, you’re just burning yourself down.
这不仅仅是每小时大约休息一下。 您还必须在下班后关掉自己，享受生活中的其他事情。 再一次，如果您不这样做，那么您实际上并没有在给任何人任何帮助，只是在消磨自己。
If you take anything from this article, let it be this: Rest! Enjoy your family, enjoy your friends or just your own alone time, allow yourself to do whatever it takes for you to recharge, even if that’s watching The Office for the 10th time in a row. Loving what you do doesn’t mean you have to do it 24/7. You only have 4-5 hours of creative energy per day, so use them wisely and then chill.
如果您从本文中获取任何东西，那就这样吧：休息！ 享受您的家人，享受您的朋友，或者只是您自己的独处时光，即使您连续第十次观看《办公室》，也可以自己做些让您充值的事情。 爱你所做的并不意味着你必须24/7全天候地做。 每天您只有4-5个小时的创造力，因此请明智地使用它们，然后放松。
说起来容易做起来难吗？ (Easier said than done?)
What if you don’t love absolutely anything about design? Why did you become a designer? Think hard about that, if you don’t see a way out I can only advise you to start looking for another job. You only get one life, so don’t waste more time doing something you hate.
如果您完全不喜欢设计，该怎么办？ 你为什么成为设计师？ 认真考虑一下，如果您没有出路，我只能建议您开始寻找另一份工作。 您只有一生，所以不要浪费更多的时间去做自己讨厌的事情。
If there’s something you love or are interested in, invest some of your own time on that thing. For instance, if you’re a designer but your dream is to actually be an illustrator, the only way that someone hires you to do that kind of work (even if it’s for an internship) is if you either have some level of experience/education on it or if you have a portfolio with example of what you can do. You have to take the first step and put in the time if you want to switch. You might be thinking “Sure guy! that’s easier said than done.” but I’m not just saying it, this (and everything I write for that matter) comes from personal experience.
如果有您喜欢或感兴趣的东西，请花一些自己的时间在那东西上。 举例来说，如果您是设计师，但您的梦想是真正成为插画家，那么某人雇用您从事此类工作(即使是实习)的唯一方法是您是否具有一定的经验/对其进行教育，或者您是否有可以做的事的作品集。 如果要切换，则必须采取第一步并花时间。 您可能会想：“当然！ 说起来容易做起来难。” 但是我不仅在说，这(以及我为此写的所有内容)都来自个人经验。
3 years into my first properly paying design job (post-struggle), I wanted to move to London and get into UX Design, but I felt like my background and experience (in graphic design) wasn’t enough to get me into it, so on my own time I worked on a couple of fictional projects with a engineer friend of mine (shout-out Rui Peres) and then used that work as portfolio to get my first UX Design job, in London.
在我完成第一个薪水合理的设计工作(挣扎后)的3年后，我想搬到伦敦并进入UX Design，但我感到自己的背景和经验(图形设计方面)不足以吸引我，因此，在我自己的时间里，我和我的一个工程师朋友(大声疾呼的Rui Peres )一起进行了一些虚构的项目，然后将其用作投资组合，以在伦敦获得我的第一份UX设计工作。
If you want change, you have to initiate it, and bear in mind that most likely you will still have to endure things that are less fun, because they will always be there.
Because design is my passion, I see anything that makes me a better designer as a growth opportunity I should take. Sure, it’s definitely still more fun to sit behind a sketch-book, iPad or computer and make something, but if I want my work to have impact, I need a bigger than my desk and that means doing things that are outside my comfort zone. Now, actually doing that will just help me be a better at the thing I love, so it’s not that difficult to accept it.
因为设计是我的激情，所以我认为任何使我成为更好的设计师的事物都是我应该抓住的增长机会。 当然，坐在素描本，iPad或计算机后面做东西肯定会更有趣，但是如果我想让自己的作品产生影响，我需要的桌子比桌子还大，这意味着要做的事情超出了我的舒适范围。 现在，实际上，这样做只会帮助我在自己喜欢的事情上做得更好，因此接受它并不难。
Thanks for reading! 🙏
Since you’re here, my name is José Torre and I’m just a design loving designer born in Portugal, working & living in Canada.Nowadays I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I love my job and the company I work for is actually incredible, but since it wasn’t a straight path to get here I thought I would share some insights I’ve gather along the way.