SUFFOCATING THE FUTURE OF DESIGN

A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS OF CREATIVE BURNOUT AMONG DESIGN STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS
Author:
Kayla Roles
Company/School:
Kansas State University

 

Creative burnout is a major inhibitor for creative individuals that is often overlooked or dismissed. The purpose of this study is to better understand creative burnout and its effects on creative individuals, gaining insight on how to prevent, cope, and eliminate creative burnout. A 22-question online survey was distributed via email and anonymous link. 90 survey responses granted significant results and great insight into burnout causes and effects in creative individuals. 3 semi-structured interviews were conducted in-person and online via Zoom. Participants were recruited via email and chosen based on their level of design experience. The interviews granted significant insight into individual burnout, coping methods, and potential preventative strategies. Results of the study indicate participants experience burnout symptoms such low motivation, anxiety, and irritability due to work, personal expectations, failure, and school. Preventative measures include spending time with family/ friends, physical activity, and playing/ listening to music. Further research should experiment with suggested burnout prevention methods to understand the effectiveness more accurately in students and professionals.

 

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