Suffering From Post Creative Blues

Tuesday, June 28, 2016



This is a sort-of response blog post to Jack Howard and Tom Ridgewell's (somewhat) recent videos about being creatively down, combined with my emotions of being on my six week mid-year holiday from university.




Tom talks about Post-Upload Syndrome (a name he proudly says he made up) where he speaks on response to a completed project that you release into the world. The critique and feedback that you can get from your peers and the general public can be so overwhelmingly positive, but it's just that one person that says it's not good/bad/crap and for some reason your mind decides to be drawn to this person, that one percent that tells you you're not good enough. Because that's quite often what you, yourself think. And that's why you pay attention to that one person.



Jack speaks about how sad he gets upon completing a project and how difficult it can be to create after finishing a project. His thoughts are similar to Tom's discussion on criticism, however Jack talks about the self-criticism that he gives himself. When your mind tells you that you'll never create something as good ever again, that what you just made is actually rubbish or that you're pretending to be good at what you do when you're really not.

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Currently I am on my mid-year holiday during my final year in my design degree and I am feeling all of these emotions that Jack and Tom have spoken about.

I got some great grades in my projects from the start of the year, building up my hopes that I could be well on my way to obtaining a First Class Honours qualification at the end. However, one of the assignments that I handed in is solely what gives me the Honours part of my degree, and if I fail that dissertation I wrote, then I can't continue into the second semester and not get Honours. Even if I pass this paper with honours (edit: I got a B-!), if I don't get an A average grade for the whole of this year I wont be able to get First Class Honours. I have put this overwhelming pressure on myself to get First Class Honours that even if I get Second Class Honours I have failed myself, despite getting Honours at all is a huge achievement.

Then there's the issue of being on holiday and not having to create for a month and a half. Luckily, I have gotten a design internship which goes until the day before I start semester two, so I will not be completely devoid of creative projects. I have also set myself the goal to start creating an online store to sell some of my typographic designs that I have created, which I have had in mind for almost a year now, except finally I am getting my a-into-g and doing it!

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I guess, what I am trying to say here is that the post-creative stage can be a really tough one. But the great thing about being a creative is that I don't have to stop being creative when I don't have university or don't have an internship to do. There's just so many things that you can do to get those creative juices flowing.

I can re-design my blog, create some prints, give myself a project or a "thing" to create... there's just so many things I can do!

I hope the mid-year blues haven't gotten to you, but if they have, I hope you're tackling them well. Just get out there and DO something, and you might just find a new project to start!

- Louise x

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6 comments

  1. Hey!! Congrats on your grade, girl! That's so awesome!

    I totally know what you mean about the stress of First Class Honours but you are so right in that getting honours at all is a major achievement that you should be so proud of! The work you've done this year is incredible and I think you should be stoked with that, even though that can sometimes be easier said than done! I'm proud of you anyway, even if you're not sometimes!

    Looking forward to seeing the new store!! <3

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    1. Awww, thanks Hollie, that means a lot! Hopefully I can push myself further and manage to get through with First Class, even though I know it'll be really tough and it's not the end of the world if I don't.

      PS, the shore has had very little progress made, I don't want to put up too many designs initially and I'm torn as to which I should pick to digitise and put up! Ahh, decisions decisions!

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  2. Those videos and your words have really resonated with me. I totally understand this, be it finishing a project or getting back from a trip, etc. It's so hard to move forward when you're suddenly bereft. Thank you for your honesty and I wish you the best of luck!

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    1. You should definitely watch some more of these guys on YouTube, they're really funny but also really intelligent and the way they speak about these kinds of things is quite interesting. Thanks for the support Kristina!

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  3. I know those feelings all too well! It's hard! I wish you the best of luck in your next semester.

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    1. These feelings are hard, but once you push past them it all gets a whole lot easier and it begins to be fun, which is the whole reason why I'm at university! Thanks for the support, Mary!

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