Found via Twitter, posted by Slash. The 7 Stages of Design Grief The design process is fraught with self-doubt and second-guessing. I'm not sure there's any cure for it, but if you've ever stared at a blank page or screen and wondered if this time the creative well has permanently dried, just know that you're not alone.
1. Anticipation I can't wait to get started. This will be my best work ever, I'll win loads of design awards!
2. Despair I'm a hack. I have no ideas. This time I'll be found out for sure.
3. Resentment Why do I even try? They'll pick the most conservative concept anyway. And would it kill them to hire a professional photographer?
4. Desperation Deadline looming. I can't show them a blank page! Look through design annuals for inspiration, come away with nothing except "orange."
5. Cynicism More drop shadows, anyone? How about tilting all those photos at jaunty angles and putting "Polaroid" frames around them? No one's ever done that before. (Ugh. I hate myself.)
6. Resignation This sucks, but it's better than nothing. And now I can justify this invoice. I wonder if I can convince them that orange symbolizes "transition"?
7. Acceptance The client liked it! Hey, maybe I don't suck after all. I have been doing this professionally for years.