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106

Dealing with Self-Doubt as a Designer

An interview with
Arjun Ahluwalia

Introduction

Design is one of the hardest jobs there is. We strive to create the best design work we can, seek to follow the latest design trends and constantly push to get better. With that comes comparison, and often a feeling of never being good enough. Many designers struggle with self-doubt and impostor syndrome, which can lead to poor mental health or even depression.

On this podcast Ian is joined by Arjun Ahluwalia to discuss his struggles with self-doubt, and how he's worked to overcome it. Arjun is the co-founder of Uting design, and co-host of the Design Revision Podcast.

Arjun Ahluwalia Interview Transcription

Ian Paget: So, for people listening, myself and Arjun, we've known each other for around year now. We actually met in person. The other day, we was having a brief conversation online about mental health. It just happened to be something that Arjun shared on social media, and we figured this would be a good episode for the Logo Geek podcast. Mental health is one of those things that I think every designer struggles with.

I think there's two different types of mental health. There is the clinical side, but I think there's the day-to-day ongoing stuff that all of us struggle with. Say, "I'm not good enough," or, "I'm not as good as," or struggle with procrastination or perfectionism, or impostor syndrome. All this sort of stuff. I thought it would be great to bring you on, to properly chat about this, because I know you've got lots of thoughts on this. I'm going to give you an opening question, and we'll take it from there, we'll see where this takes us.

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