The Inner Game of Design

A presentation at CIID Summer School in in Copenhagen, Denmark by Kevin Cannon

Designers often talk about the various aspects of design; our love of typography, pixels, materials or about the process around them. What we talk less about are some of the internal challenges we face over our careers.

Professional sports players talk about the inner game of sport, where psychological factors are often the difference between winning and losing. It’s important to discuss the inner challenges designers face and how managing our expectations and our emotions enables us to do better work.

Here, I’ll share key lessons I’ve learned about this over the years.



The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.