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Mistakes I’ve Made (And Lessons Learned Along The Way)

Jeremy Girard

We all make mistakes. Whether in our design and development work or just in life in general, we all do it. Thankfully, even the biggest mistakes carry valuable lessons.

As a contrast to the many Web design articles that focus on successes and what we can learn from those triumphs, this article looks to the other end of the spectrum to explore what failures teach us.

Along the way, I will share stories of some of the missteps I have made in the course of my career and the lessons I’ve learned in the process — being ever mindful of composer John Powel’s words:

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

Mistake #1: Putting Process Over Projects (And People)

Anyone who ...

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