- Discover how the creative process produces unique performance pressures for designers
- Learn how stress can impact individual and team-based productivity
- Identify mental habits and other external factors that kill confidence & creativity
- Explore self-care fundamentals that are essential for sustained creative practice
Whether you’re a student, freelancer, or on a team, practicing design can be a competitive and stressful business! To cope, designers often resort to a cocktail of dark humor, copious amounts of caffeine, and self-deprecating memes. But while a laugh here and there is nice, these tactics rarely improve outcomes over time and it is not uncommon for designers to experience burnout due to performance pressure. To thrive as a creative professional, it’s both possible and vital to develop mental & emotional resiliency. In this one-hour workshop, we’ll define “mental fitness” and explore what the world of Performance Psychology and Mental Skills Training can teach us about becoming better designers. This workshop will be co-hosted by licensed Psychologist, Dr. Amanda Alexander of Stretch Performance Psychology and Jarred Elrod, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Florida.