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The Art of Design: Avoiding the Trap of Duplicating Ideas

Have you ever found yourself enamored with a project, only to realize too late that you've wasted too much time and effort on something that makes no sense? It's a common pitfall in the world of design, and one that can be avoided by taking an unsystematic journey of exploration and innovation.

Step one in this journey is to find a project that inspires you but don't stop there. Instead of simply duplicating the idea without analyzing its purpose, take the time to understand its strengths and weaknesses, and consider how it can be improved or adapted to fit your specific needs and requirements.

Step two is to embrace the uncertainty and potential for failure that comes with any creative endeavor. When you start to notice all the things that could go wrong, don't let it deter you from moving forward. Instead, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow, and to challenge yourself to think outside the box.

Step three is to avoid the trap of duplicating your previous ideas instead of exploring new horizons. While it's perfectly normal to draw inspiration from others, it's important to approach each project with fresh eyes and an open mind. As the great artist Picasso once said, "Good artists copy; great artists steal." If you need guidance on how to steal like an artist, check out the book "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon.

At NRELHadedy, we understand the importance of surrounding ourselves with a stimulating team that challenges us to be our best. As we get busy and focused on our work, it's easy to fall into the trap of repeating what has worked before, but we know that true innovation comes from exploring new ideas and pushing ourselves to think outside the box. So let's embrace the uncertainty, challenge ourselves to be better, and create designs that are truly innovative and inspiring.

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