Becoming a High-Value Team Member
Full-stack designers, Unicorns and ______ other crazy terms have been coined recently that relate to the select few talented individuals that are able to stretch their technical abilities across the whole spectrum of design and development. These are the individuals that are able to actively create a database, program the web app/platform that communicates with this database, create user centered designs and then develop these and connect the dots. This sounds great, being a well-rounded expert, but as I have spoken about over the last few days, due to the rapidly evolving nature of our industry it can become neigh impossible to keep up with the latest techniques and development trends across all aspects of this process.
- Back-end (Database development, programming languages (C#, Ruby, Java)
- Design/UX (Problem solving, Visual Design, Research, Wireframing, Prototyping, Usability testing)
This is an extremely one-dimensional look at each of the components that make up a modern day application, but it is purely to illustrate the point that there is a complex amount of information to digest if you even want to scratch the surface. Over the last few years I have discovered the more that I learn above any of the above three, I uncover even more that I don’t know. It’s a challenging but rewarding experience that ensures that there is always something else to learn.