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Burning the Midnight Oil

After recently reading an article in “Computer Arts” entitled “Burning the Midnight Oil” I felt forced to put pen to paper in utter agreeance. The article, written by Jason Arber, focusses on how erratic us designers are, how we may well have flashes of inspiration at Midnight and will follow these through to the early hours of the morning, whilst the rest of civilisation lay in slumber. All because we live for what we do – design. 

Not only that, but we do sometimes except the impossible, for example a client that gives us a tight deadline. The urge to impress accompanied with the desire to win the business forces us to agree to ridiculous time-scales. Arber regards these late night endurance tests as a designers right of passage as at least one time in a designers life (and probably a lot more) you will be forced burn the midnight oil.

After you have won this badge of honour, you may be able to get a few hours sleep before you have to wake up and start another day with the rest of society. Pulling the odd all-nighter may be fine, and sometimes very necessary when projects go wrong and it is your head on the chopping board. However regular all-nighters are a sign that something very wrong and you must question your time management skills. Sometimes one must fight the urge to work to near impossible deadlines and set a clear time frame for your project which is realistic and in agreeance with your client. If you are running behind schedule and the project has slipped at one stage try to analyse why and learn from it rather than making the same mistakes again and again. 

Lack of sleep has been linked to so may medical conditions, including diabetes and obesity affecting the body’s ability to metabolise glucose, and can also seriously impair essential brain functions, such as memory. 

As Arber comments, “So the nest time you have to pull an all-nighter, fingers crossed it will actually be your last.”

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Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2007 at 7:48 am
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