I’d rather work with a designer who understands her craft and is eager to learn about UX & real problem solving, than a designer who can only talk theoretical bullshit but gets no shit done.
The Problem With Dribbble
Tobias van Schneider

Have to disagree. Knowing your theoretical stuff, even if you might not be applying it as much as the next guy, helps alot in working with different disciplines. I personally did a bit of everything before ending up on frontend design; some development, ia, ux (everybody is ux nowadays anyway), high fidelity visuals. And although I rarely apply or use any or all of it, having that background knowledge helps when talking to my peers.

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