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When I was in high school, I was really into winning arguments, so I decided to major in philosophy. I know what you’re thinking — I spent a lot of time reading and writing about people and ideas from over 100 years ago, so it makes a lot of sense that I went into a visual field in an industry that’s as current as it gets. What is the connection?

1. Always back up your assertions with reason

Whenever you make a design decision, you should always be able to justify that decision with reasoning. A good designer can explain the logic behind why they put a button where they put it, or why that button is the color that it is. Essentially, they are able to create an argument around their case. …

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