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From Caregiving to Clicks

How Being a Designer Made Me a Better Caretaker
Being a designer is a lot like being a superhero. You don’t just make things pretty; you solve problems, often while trying to understand the cryptic wishes of clients who think that “make it pop” is an actionable piece of feedback. Little did I know that these skills would prepare me for the ultimate challenge: caretaking. That’s right, moving from typography to thermometers, pixels to pills!
The Art of Patience
Designers are no strangers to the concept of patience. You might spend hours or even days selecting the perfect shade of blue for a logo, only to have it dismissed with a wave of the hand and a casual, “Let’s try green?” Caregiving requires a similar level of patience, whether explaining how to use a smartphone to a septuagenarian or waiting for the doctor to finally see you after three hours in the waiting room reading outdated magazines about the “future of the internet.”
Unlimited Revisions
In design, as in caregiving, the first draft is rarely the final product. You iterate. You make adjustments. One day, it’s cutting carbs; the next, adding more fiber; and the next, consulting Dr. Google at 2 AM to see if chocolate pudding can be considered a healthy food (spoiler: it can’t, but we can dream). Every day brings a new challenge that requires tweaking, like adjusting the kerning and leading on a particularly stubborn paragraph of text until it’s just right.
Crisis Management
If you think a design client panicking over the wrong shade of peach in a brochure is terrible, try dealing with a senior who has just learned the remote control has more buttons than just ‘on’ and ‘off.’ Like in the design world, effective caregiving requires staying calm under pressure and handling crises gracefully. And trust me, when you’ve convinced your grandpa not to use his expensive hearing aid as a chew toy for the dog, you can handle just about any client meltdown.
The Joy of Teaching… and Re-Teaching
Explaining complex design concepts to clients often feels like teaching quantum physics to a toddler. This skill comes in handy when you’re trying to explain to your grandmother for the fifth time how to use FaceTime, and no, the screen is not going to eat her soul—it’s just very enthusiastic facial recognition.
Multitasking Marvel
Designers are the ultimate multitaskers. We keep tabs on multiple projects, juggle deadlines, and creatively use coffee to solve most problems. Similarly, caregiving involves balancing appointments, medications, dietary needs, and the emotional highs and lows of your loved ones (and yourself). If I can handle 27 artboards in Illustrator, all vying for attention, I can certainly manage a weekly pill organizer.
Empathy: The Common Denominator

At the heart of both caregiving and design is empathy. Understanding a client’s needs is just as crucial as understanding that when Mom says she doesn’t need help, she means she’s scared of losing her independence. Being a designer taught me to look beyond what people say to what they need. It turns out that’s pretty handy with family, too.

So, to all the designers out there nervously laughing as they wonder if their color-matching skills will help them detect when someone’s had a little too much sun at the family BBQ, fear not. Your unique skills are not just about creating beautiful visuals; they’re about solving problems and simplifying life, one misunderstood remote control at a time.

Thanks for joining the adventure… and don’t worry, we are all in this together.


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