Think or copy? Advantages of rolling your own designs

A few times in the last week I have had to do some minor tasks and I was faced with the choice of copy something else or think about it and make my own. Today I needed a javascript to randomly select a photograph, and last week I needed an icon for something and didn’t know what to make it look like.

Copying something else is easy, sitting and thinking is difficult. But when you do it yourself you get more out of it: you learn, you develop, you get a sense of job satisfaction and you understand it better if you have to justify it or rework it.

So next time I’m faced with a copy or think scenario, I’m gonna choose think, it might take longer but the next time I won’t have to make the choice, I’ll know how to do it!

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