“I really have, perhaps, one real talent – that is that I don’t mind at all living in an area of total uncertainty.”
– Ted Happold
Design is a hazardous profession. As a designer, you work on a complex design problem without knowing for sure that you will succeed in creating a satisfying solution. This situation creates tension and restlessness.
Some designers naturally enjoy this creative tension and are attracted to it. They are not just thrill-seekers – good designers use this tension as a source of energy, to make something special which they couldn’t have done in a more relaxed situation.
Other designers prefer a safer world. People with a low tolerance for uncertainty tend to concentrate on their first solution, instead of going through the risk associated with a complete phase of idea generation. But most of those initial ideas are often not the best ones.