A thought provoking and agreeable read Lillian, particularly your statement that “one’s talent is only as good as their environmental pressures”.
You’ve mentioned that due to time and money being used up in the discovery and ideation phases, we find ourselves rushed to create mediocre solutions. Alongside your points, do you believe this is a matter of education? Should this hazard be addressed at an early stage of a career when entering a new team to potentially avoid it?
I enjoyed this article on complacency in design that you might find some value in! https://medium.com/@caseyhald/complacency-in-design-c548cf3b4ca4