Firefighting, Mistakes, and Bucket Lists

A number of posts about doing things right and wrong.

Jonathan Kahn reflects on his past work, where he considered himself a design firefighter putting out other peoples’ mistakes, whereas he was actually just avoiding hard questions. Now he tries to actually fight the battles at the start, rather than come in at the end.

Peter Van talks candidly about failure. However, while he and commenters talk about “failing forward”, business guru Bruce Nussbaum cries for us to stop fetishising failure.

And over on Core77, Richard Kudinsky proposes a (semi-serious) list of things designers should do, which includes getting fired, pitching to VCs, and teaching.