One of the mistakes we make as designers, is to advocate for a project that is a good idea, but doesn’t align with the company’s current priorities. For example, you might have a great idea for a better first use experience when your company is str…
I spend a lot of my day navigating the white people in my life that I love. I try to figure out when to offer comfort, encouragement, hard truths, or humor. I agonize over when to take time just for me, when to give up, when to take the risk and challenge someone I love who is hurting me.
…how useful this will be to anyone else, but the lesson I’m taking for myself going forward is this: if you want to build an inclusive culture, build a minimum culture. Build it around professionalism, boundaries, and work-life balance. Make sure your senior staff walks the walk, and spreads the word.
…side of a thesis—and being a linebacker and other sports metaphors—there’s no need to be defensive. Stop arguing about why your design solution works; ask questions about why it doesn’t instead. Consider the possibility that you missed something while coming to your design decision.