Felt a bit weird entering my salary in ~100pt type on my office computer...
Ditto. Looked around me like 5 times, and considered cancelling the whole thing. If ANYONE had been near, I'd been gone. Lucky it was a Friday, when our offices are notoriously "light".
Hey everyone. AIGA have just opened their 2017 Design Census. It would be awesome to have the DN community represented in the data. Here's the elevator pitch from their site:
"The Design Census is an open and collaborative survey and resource for understanding the complex economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the design practice today.
Created by Google and AIGA, the goal is to move beyond basic salary conversations and collect information that can be used to empower the design community to take charge of its professional development and achieve greater happiness through insight."
The survey is about 30 questions long, and should take you roughly 10 minutes to complete. All feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailto link at the end is broken! Has no email adress in it!
Q28: "I'd like to get better at:" Well I'd like to get better at everything I'm already good at too. Bear that in mind when analysing results - not everyone might've thought that same way.
Q38: The most important skills for designers: In my eyes, EMPATHY is BY FAR the most important skill for any designer, anywhere. We translate between X and Y. X is the user. Y is either the code that just did something, or the company that's trying to show you something, or the button that WILL do something once you press it. It's our task to communicate those messages between them!
Empathy means we can place ourselves in someone else's position, and understand what they need to interface with to understand "the other side".
Not a day goes by that we shouldn't ask ourselves: what will this do to the person we're doing this for?!
Furthermore, in this fast-paced world we need to keep up with ever-changing circumstances. Only the most empathic will come up with solutions like "what if I hold the iPad like this, and use the CAMERA as a BUTTON?"
Empathy & creativity. Every designer's besties.