Getting the most out of your designers’ time

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As a design manager, I’m always looking for ways to motivate my team, as well as — ideally — get them delivering consistently high level work. The challenge is to avoid burnout, which can rear its head in a slew of increasingly uglier ways. Some designers push hard for success at first, but feel underappreciated in the long run and grow bored. Others lose steam, get sick, neglect their needs and fall behind on responsibilities. It’s a domino effect.

My view is: generally all designers want to make good work and add to the success of their team (in many years, I’ve rarely seen otherwise). The manager’s job is to make this as easy as possible for them. More often than not, the manager’s success in this is determined by their approach to time management and inspiration. Do they consider critically how their team refuels? Do they structure their designers’ time in a way that’s productive not just in the short term — but the long run? …


Anthony Faria

Design @AOL, @Viggle, @Handshake // Alum @UArts , @RISD

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