…and what to learn from them!

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Wise words attributed to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and popularized in Kanye West’s song Stronger that are extremely applicable to the design industry. Hiccups in the work process are commonplace for designers, and as life-threatening as they may seem, it’s important to approach these instances as opportunities to learn, grow, and become stronger. Here are five hurdles all designers inevitably go through and what to learn from them.


  • Client relationships

Without clients there would be no work for designers, which is why learning the importance of client relationships has such a direct impact on the careers of young creatives.


  • Creative block

The bane of creatives everywhere. Perhaps the most grey-hair inducing issue a designer faces, they need not be as much of a roadblock as they often become.


  • You won’t make a ton of money right away

Everybody wants a little taste of glory, just to see what it tastes like. Every journey to get there, though, starts with humble beginnings. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will the next great design campaign.


  • You won’t be satisfied with your work

Unfortunately, it’s true. No matter how much effort is poured into a project, the designer is likely to look back on the finished product and be displeased. However, tweaking your focus on the needs and expectations of your client can resolve nearly every source of turmoil.



  • Community

In this industry, competition and natural tendencies push designers away from one another. However, this is what makes communities with members that support one another such a beautiful and necessary thing.


Friedrich and Kanye, inspired virtuosos the both of them, were smart to promote the opening quote. Keep their phrase in mind the next time you run into an issue and heed our advice on how to conquer the problem and come out the other end a stronger designer!


Have questions, comments, or ideas? Let us know in the comment section below or contact us. We’d love to hear from you!


Apprentice Studios is a graphic design studio focused on the training and education of the next generation of creatives.


Content By: Torrey Lubiens

Written By: Alex Reich

Photo Credit: Scott Webb


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