March 29th, 2015
What I didn’t learn in design school
Recently, there was a thread on Designer News where the community was discussing the important skills and ideas that aren’t taught in design school. This is what I came up with:
Design is about people, not about craft.
The field of design is moving too fast for professors to keep up. Their advice is 10-20 years out of date.
Tenacity, persuasiveness, humility, iteration and luck are more important to success than getting straight As or having a nice portfolio.
The ability to succinctly express your ideas, cultivate relationships with people, and help others achieve their goals is more important than understanding the nuances of various design theories.