Practice makes perfect

A person watching a juggler saying, “Wow! So talented!”
Person thinking if they can become the greatest juggler
An illustration of myself dancing

Talent is Overrated

I came across the book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. He discusses what separates the expert performers from the average performers was “deliberate practice”. It’s a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain. Deliberate practice requires identifying defined elements of their performance that need to be improved and then worked on intently. The expert performers isolate specific aspects of what they do and focus on those until they are improved and then on to the next aspect. What was profound was that as a dancer, I wasn’t conscious that this was the way I had been rehearsing to achieve that level of perfection.

An illustration of the book, Talent is Overrated

Feedback loops

We need immediate, reliable feedback to inform us where we’re weak. Otherwise, we don’t know and would have to rehearse the entire routine blindly.

An illustration of feedback through likes and ratings.
An illustration of Ben Franklin comparing different papers to become a better writer.
An illustration of an improved UX workflow with approval from the UX team and user testing.

To conclude, I’d like to leave you with this question, how might we obtain immediate and reliable feedback in UX?

An illustration of someone pondering.



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Pavi Designs

Pavi Designs


Toronto-based designer specializing in user experience and visual design.