04 Aug '12, 3am

5 Secrets of Strategic Designers | Design Sojourn

5 Secrets of Strategic Designers | Design Sojourn

You’ve described my job :) I don’t know if I’m great at it, but it’s the role that I have evolved into and I enjoy it. For myself I found that I had to consciously make a break about 5 years ago from day to day designing. I just don’t have time to do it anymore. So my drawing skills have gone to crap. Another skill I would suggest, at least one that I try to use, is what might be called a Socratic method of moving a project along. Rather than a “top-down” approach to managing I find it better to encourage a bottom-up approach by asking questions instead of pushing answers, but still leading with direction. But the problems we work on tend to be too complicated for one person to figure out by themselves, so a discussion-based way of solving them works better, based on research. Also I would say that being able to shift seamlessly between creative and analytic modes of think...

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