Editor’s let­ter

Computer Arts - - Welcome - BEREN NEALE Editor beren.neale@fu­turenet.com

I’m typ­ing this up on the train back to Bris­tol, af­ter hear­ing the magazine de­sign ge­nius Matt Wil­ley talk about his work at the lat­est London Ty­poCir­cle event. It was in­cred­i­ble, and even though we’re down to the wire with this is­sue’s print dead­line (that is, tonight), I’ve got a re­plen­ished belly full of fire to carry on mak­ing Com­puter Arts the best mag it can be. I’m ex­cited about its fu­ture, so stick around!

But as great as it was to hear Matt, I felt there was some­thing miss­ing. I was waiting to hear about the times that he couldn’t cre­ate a mas­ter­work in an evening (he re­ally can, it’s silly); the times he couldn’t stop ques­tion­ing his own in­tegrity; the dark times that no one can con­trol.

That’s no judge­ment on Matt, of course: he’s a ge­nius, a lovely guy, and it was a great talk. But hav­ing pored over Tom May’s in­cred­i­bly re­veal­ing fea­ture on men­tal health in the cre­ative in­dus­try, over on page 64, I can’t shake the feel­ing that so much goes un­said.

It seems so many peo­ple in de­sign are striv­ing for per­fec­tion, try­ing to be the best they can, while also try­ing to man­age self-doubt, anx­i­ety and stress. Ob­vi­ously, if this doesn’t de­scribe you, that’s fan­tas­tic. But I think there are many that will re­late.

Any­way, it got me think­ing – this in­dus­try is filled with gen­er­ous and sup­port­ive peo­ple, but we’re of­ten our own worst en­e­mies. With all the ex­pec­ta­tions and stress we pile on our­selves, it’s es­sen­tial we step back, and give our­selves a break from time to time. Be­ing the best cre­ative you can be means you must also take care of your­self so you can en­joy what you do. Per­fec­tion can wait.

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