Some more thoughts on design feedback. Push or pull? Some doors open one way, and the rest open the other way. Sometimes ideas needs more pull. And sometimes you need to push…
Seniority in design
A reflection on the visible contribution we're able to make as design leaders. #shortread
How we can recognise and work with the constraints that shape how we lead.
To follow on from my last blog post about leading sideways, here’s an example of how I work best.
I’m naturally more comfortable having a conversation about design, or leading a design process, standing side by side with people, rather than face to face.
As a designer you’re only as good as your feedback loops. How to manage or ask for feedback is important…
How you can lead from the side, not just from the front…
I’m encouraged by the number of people talking about how they are taking on more responsibility to lead design. Emma’s blog post was great about her decision to take on a new role, and Ale’s call out to bring together more people in lead design roles has had a great response.
Seniority in design is about personal responsibility.
A disclaimer to start with. While everyone can take personal responsibility, not everyone has the same circumstances, privilege or types of choices to make when doing so.
But, whatever your situation, everyone can can take personal responsibility for their work as a designer.
Design leadership requires different types of empathy.
We often talk about about the importance of having empathy with end users. These are the people we’re designing for, and the immediate goal for teams working in this way is to understand how people are feeling, as well as what they might be thinking or doing in a given situation.
As you become a more senior designer with responsibility for other designers, one of the challenges you will face is your personal closeness to ‘hands on’ design work.
As well as how close you are to the work, you will have to think about the proximity you have to those doing the hands on work when that isn’t you.
A short follow up to my blog post about seniority in design.
Why the quality of your conversations is as important as your process.
As a designer, I very rarely say ‘it depends’. Here's why...
Are you a senior designer? Here are some of the things I think define seniority in design.