Over the course of my career, I’ve developed a certain style, a comfort zone. My personal inclinations for design angles toward classic versus trendy.
Reflecting on my early work, some of it is mildly cringeworthy while some retains its value and effectiveness — I could dig up something from a decade ago and still be proud of how it looks, works, and feels.
That said, it’s fun to explore new styles and techniques.
During the 22+ years of work I’ve produced, not much of it exists anymore, but I don’t feel any sadness or despair. That is the inevitable nature of designing for the internet. You’d be fortunate to have a design survive two years, let alone double that.
For a mainstream app that doesn’t engage in full redesigns but implements significant point releases over time, the evolution of an app is fascinating to think about. Consider an app you use regularly: How much of it looks the same as it did a year ago?
Products are constantly evolving and refining. While I did assist in a redesign of VSCO’s app as part of a course correction back in 2016, wholesale redesigns are a rarity. Apps mature and age like anything else.
I’ve come to recognize the rhythm as:
Product design is fluid and evolving, with select moments frozen in time only in the form of screenshots and memories. You cannot become too attached. Let it all go, and allow your ego to follow suit.
As the saying goes: The only constant is change.