The Day You Became A Better Designer
Tobias van Schneider

Great article, I couldn’t agree more! After years in the design industry I often felt out of place as most of my peers and designers I respected all seemed to be clued up on the latest trend and talked about the best design books. It made me feel like I wasn’t quite up to their standard somehow, that I was missing out on what really makes the best designers. But after a while I realised that my understanding of design was just as valid and in someways my view was broader than just knowing ‘design’. 
To be able to understand what you are designing for you need to understand the world in which it exists, whether it be political, social or other. And learning about other professions can only ever be a help. :)