The brutal truth about becoming a design manager

(and why it’s all going to be fine)

1. Your team complain about you.

2. Nobody is more invested than you.

3. Your ‘hands-on’ design skills will fade.

4. You will have to be the janitor.

5. Most of your time will be spent with non-designers.

6. Any designers not performing well, reflects on you.

7. You’re not Don Draper.

8. It’s your neck on the line.

The role of a design manager varies wildly across organisations, so these cannot be universal truths. This is simply a list of things to consider when making the step from designer to design leader. It’s an incredible challenge, not for everyone, but entirely worth the work.

Design + Leadership

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