Greg·Wolanski —designer

Why do we so often undervalue a second pair of eyes?

Surprisingly, a lot of things in this world have no value. A second pair of eyes has value. You know it and I know it. But at the same time, we manage to effortlessly forget it.

These last four years of my professional growth began with my designer friend needing an additional pair of eyes. I know more than one person I’ve provided value to with the help of my two eyeballs. I ask people to take a look at my works in progress and always really appreciate their feedback. Even my articles undergo correction (hi Alyssa! :).

The context myth

“A second pair of eyes has negligible value because their owner doesn’t have the full necessary context in mind.”

I don’t know where they come from, but variations of this excuse pop into my mind every now and then. I know, however, that this is a silly thought – a second pair of eyes is a source of inspiration and works well with a minimal outline of the context.

Questions, freelancing, and being useful on the internet

An additional pair of eyes and people who inspire each other while they work (not after they’re done!) are like articles with interesting questions and no answers – I would like to see more of them in the world.

Freelancing is popular. I’ve read, heard, and seen people work for years as freelancers to reach a better place in their professional lives. It doesn’t work for everyone, especially in the long term (I know something about that).

If freelancing isn’t for you or you’re looking for something besides freelancing, consider being useful on the internet by sharing your eyes. We’ve already agreed that your eyes have value. How can you offer your eyes on the internet in practice? I’m giving you this question without an answer.

Five “why?”s

1. Why do we so often undervalue a second pair of eyes?

Because it’s simpler.

2. Why is it simpler?

Because reaching for an additional pair of eyes requires initiative, time, and energy, and it might be uncomfortable.

3. Why might it be uncomfortable?

Because it’s distressing to show unfinished work.

4. Why is it distressing?

Because such behaviors require a safe space and trust, and by default I don’t assume the presence of a safe space or trust.

5. Why do I not assume trust?

Because I’m a human being.

I’m a human being who is aware of this natural human behavior and can use this knowledge in his work.

Send me a piece of what you’re currently working on and 1, 3, or 7 questions to – I’ll gladly share my pair of eyes with you. For free. I work as a designer, but I can also read, write, scroll, and click. :)

May 2019