Am I trying to hire the wrong designer?

almost 7 years ago from Tobin Harris, Director at Pocketworks

  • Adam Hopwood, almost 7 years ago

    As others have said, I don't think finding this range of skills in unreasonable. Hard to find, especially in the North, but not unreasonable.

    I know a lot of product orientated agencies have Design Leads in place who have a really broad knowledge of everything you're talking about but then have specialists (UX, Visual and Research/Testing orientated) underneath them to provide depths in knowledge where they're not as strong.

    The skill which will be hardest to find is the innovation workshop skills. Running a collaborative workshop is a skill all in itself and doesn't usually go hand in hand with the 'craft' of design. I've solved this in the past by having the design lead (me) planning the activities then having a facilitator help lead the workshop.

    As with anything like this you'll get specialists and generalists. There will always be people with a strength or interest in a particular area of the process. Much like back end/front end development.

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