Designers & age

over 5 years ago from Joao Carvalho, UX Designer

  • CTodd LombardoCTodd Lombardo, over 5 years ago

    This is the type of thread I'd love to see more of on Designer News: Curious, insightful, and open to differing viewpoints.

    My career has been meandering and I didn't start out as a 20-something designer, I came into it "late" and while I was never a good visual designer, I wound up being pretty decent at UX, design research, and design strategy. (For those playing buzzword-bingo: You win!!)

    I'm now an early 40-something leading the product, design, and experience parts of a small but growing business. Like others mentioned I'm not responsible for pixel-level execution, and more involved with team formation and helping them make the best decisions they can, while giving them opportunities to grow outside their comfort zones and expand their skill-sets.

    In the past few years I've been adding ways to teach what I do via talks at conferences, writing books to codify it, and teaching at the university level as an adjunct at a few places. That's been really delightful and rewarding as I get older.

    7 points