I accidentally came across this article by the legendary designer Paul Rand. It was one of those things that for whatever reason manifested itself in the right spot and at the right time, all for me to consume. It's content and wisdom were exactly what I needed.
Like most designers, UX folk regardless of industry, find themselves facing very similar difficulties and struggles in the day-to-day that most every designer that has ever walked the planet has experienced to some degree. The root of the 'struggle' is that we are inherently obsessed with perfection. It is not bad. It just is. We have an innate inner drive that feels like it cannot be tamed to make the best, most meaningful and oh so delightful experiences for our end-users. It's that drive that is the reason for our sole existence and without it no progress and innovation would happen.
It's an inner thirst that fails be satisfied over and over because of opposing pressures that force us to compromise and 'settle' on solutions that most often we describe as succumbing to mediocrity. And 'mediocrity' in our eyes means failure. Yet it is not. The art and science of crafting designs that meet business needs all the while ensuring something meaningful for the users is pushed out into the world is a huge achievement and it is what great designers are able to do well. Yet to most designers it is something that they fail to feel accomplished by.
What shocked me is the date the article was written. I was barely 2 years old and graphic designers of the past experienced the very same challanges many a UX designer faces today. Here is an indulgent read on the politics of design by Paul Rand.