A lot of startups might refer to this person as a “unicorn designer”. This is a misnomer. Unicorns don’t actually exist; generalists do. It is entirely reasonable to expect a smart, talented designer to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to think holistically across all levels of a product. In your early days, having naturally curious designers, who can’t help but soak up everything around them, is table stakes.
Is real social change only thinkable if you have Big Money on your side? If we are faithful to that logic, then there would never be a chance for gubernatorial incumbents like New York’s Zephyr Teachout. The inability to imagine a different life is capital’s ultimate triumph. Teachout recently proposed that one of the pathologies of the current system is that it trains people to be followers. I might add that it trains people to think of themselves as workers instead of collective owners.