• Brett BergeronBrett Bergeron, over 4 years ago

    I think anyone has the capacity to become skilled at something they're passionate about. So, I would say yes—anyone can educate themselves on the process of making and selling software and become a designer.

    There are a lot of things that can distinguish someone as a valuable designer. Here, I'm actually reading your question as: How is a designer's opinion more valuable than the opinions of the user?

    I think a good designer is able to hear, interpret, and balance the many, many opinions held by a product's audience. Finding a way to interpret all of those opinions is the most challenging and important role of the designer. This takes an open mind, curiosity, intuition, critical thinking, and strong communication skills. There's a vast world of practical and academic knowledge that a designer should be sorting through as a product goes through each step of its lifecycle. Of course, at some point the technical skill is a big part of that.

    So, I would say what separates a designer from a user is their knowledge, experience, and commitment to solving problems in both a human and business context. I really think anyone can be a great designer if they want to be.

    Hope this helps.

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    • John Doe, over 4 years ago

      I thought about that before as well and reading it now in your words now makes sense. Being able to hear, interpret and balance opinions is, indeed, a great quality that a designer needs to be successful. However, that's part of dealing with a problem, which I don't know why's so common.

      Why aren't the designer's knowledge and experience more widely recognized? I've seen, on many occasions, clients arguing that a given design option is better than the one that the designer suggests, but they probably wouldn't question the authority of a doctor or a plumber, for instance.

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