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"ich lass das jetzt so"

"ich lass das jetzt so"

"Ich lass das jetzt so"/ or "I leave that now as it is" is a famous sentence we used during design school. After hours, even weeks of working on a project and you get into the final edits it can become crazy with reviews and final touches. Sometimes you even "verschlimmbesserst" ("edit to the worse") the final files.

I'm sure every creative is familiar with this situation. The deadline is very close, you just see some minor things that you need to change just before due. In this stage of work your digital file's name usually will be "finalfinalfinal4finalforreal.pdf".  Why are creatives so obsessed with never ending work?

 

Just one more tweak! And one more edit. ... Oh, let me change this too! ... Will be very quick! ... Let me just add this small thing there! ... I can still change this...

We as creatives are seeking for perfection, for getting better with every project. We are growing with every new challenge and we want to do be better than in the project we finished before. But we forget sometimes that we are humans. Humans tend to do mistakes and we are not perfect. Sure, it stinks when you send your final file to the printer and just a few minutes later you discover a typo! But it does happen and we have to deal with it.

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.
— Ernst Fischer

Everything in this world has an end: "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei" (famous german song about that everything in this world has an end, except for the sausage, that has two ends). We have to accept that a project has to be finished eventually and that we could work like forever on every single project. But that is not how things work in the real world. "Ich lass das jetzt so" is kind of an agreement to the fact that the project is done. It is an agreement that it might not be perfect, but what is perfection anyway? Just a word for something that doesn't exist in the real world.

 

Alles hat ein Ende nur die Wurst hat zwei

Being a perfectionist is awesome, and sometimes it blocks creatives. We have to learn to let go of our perfection in the right moment and move on. It is also the impfercetion that often catches our eyes or makes something interesting for us.

Have no fear in perfection, you’ll never reach it
— Salvador Dali
Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
— Marilyn Monroe
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