Hey mate, I’ve been a big fan of your work for Musixmatch! As far as I know, you have been working on it for a few years now. I personally know how fun project it is :) however I also know many designers suffer from creative blocks, motivations with long term projects. Have you ever experienced that? If so, how do you deal with it to stay motivated and inspired?

Oykun asked about 2 years ago

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Good question mate! I've been in Musixmatch for 6 years and when I joined, my long-term goal was not simply about building the world's largest lyrics catalog, it was about facing a big challenge in the music industry. Understanding the relationship between people and lyrics through music from the branding until the interaction design. This means a room for improvement made it even easier for me to try, iterate and improve than ever before.

One of the foundations of the Musixmatch logo says “Full of shades, always in sync”. This always reminded us that while a long-term goal is one, you have a thousand ways to achieve it. You can only keep trying and experiencing as best as you can and, if needed, redesign the workflow that fits for you and your team. Creative block is real, many years on the same product but also for many reasons that go beyond balancing work/life. So, we decided to set up a skill sharing days on Friday, an opportunity for everyone to escape from daily tasks and learning by sharing with teammates: Insights, Coding, Branding, Illustrations, UX courses...

What I learned is that most of the time creative blocks come to gives you an opportunity to breathe and focus on the most important things. Sometimes a block is necessary, It’s part of the process.

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Oykun commented about 2 years ago

I like how you ended :) "a block is necessary, it is part of the process.". So true. Not necessarily taking it as a problem, but accepting it and making the most of it.

Btw, 6 years! I respect that loyalty, considering all the tempting offers you got from other places in years.

That "skill sharing Friday" sounds like a great idea. I imagine it also would be a great way to share with the team what you have learned recently and staying up to date with the recent technologies altogether. You probably had many new great ideas came up for the Musixmatch at those Fridays. I wonder if it is a common practice in companies.