Communication and miscommunication

Just a quick one today about communication.

I browse Pinterest a lot for both life and work inspiration. Over the years, I’ve come across many inspirational and motivational quotes, and I’ve noticed that they’re very popular. I even save a lot of the poignant ones.

Among these, I also come across “attitude” quotes. Stuff that caters to “girl power” mostly. I dismiss many of them as being immature or cheesy. It seems to me that if you need quotes to tell you that you should act more powerful, then maybe you should first work on your own insecurity from the inside out instead of putting on a mask.

I came across one this morning which I think could be quite detrimental to someone, either personally or professionally, and I thought I’d like to address this on my blog.

At first glance, these quotes seem to turn your head upside down. Give you a sense of “thinking outside the box”. But no matter how long I try to understand what this quote is saying, the more I’m sure that it’s just plain wrong.

Let’s leave the personal aside, and focus on applying this attitude in the professional world.

Coming from a graphic designer’s perspective, our priority is to communicate a message. That is our core responsibility, although the manner/style in which we communicate will be specific to each designer.

Designers should never subscribe to such a belief as above. Yes, we are responsible for what we say, but we have to make sure you understand what we’re trying to say as well. We may not get a 100% success rate, but we definitely have to try, and not wave it away as a trivial matter.

And just on a brief final note, it should not work this way on a personal level either. If you are trying to communicate to your family or to your partner, it’s always a good idea to make sure everyone understands each other.

So, really, I’m not sure that I get this quote at all. Does anyone else have a different opinion?

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