Empathy: The root of all design

Or, my three holiday wishes as a designer

Robbin Arcega
Dec 26, 2018 · 4 min read

I’m writing from my dear friend’s house in Ludwigsburg, Germany this Christmas. This is the first year that I can say, “I’m a designer!” when people ask me during the holidays. (Okay, so I still can’t really explain it to people who are not familiar with the concept outside of Silicon Valley, but it seems to be enough to say, “I design websites and stuff”, even though that’s not necessarily true.) For whatever reason, humans enjoy good cheer and treating each other kindly during this month and the rest of the year is sort of hit or miss, so I wanted to talk about some of the warm thoughts I had during my trip. But first, a gif of pizza by Mauro Gatti.


I have some of the best discussions with my friends who live here, and it was wonderful to be able to see them again to have those big talks. One of the topics was about the heavy question of whether people in politics are shooting themselves in the foot. (Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be an article on politics. That’s not what this blog does.) In the end, though we all had differing opinions, the important thing is that we agreed that the desire to understand the other person is one of the biggest factors in peaceful discourse.

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Never thought I’d use a Spongebob gif to denote diversity, but here we are.

A rainbow of perspectives can help make amazing things

I also never thought I’d show my age based on the gifs I choose, but hey.

Always remember: design responsibly

Hope you all have a lovely holiday. Rest, relax, and take that merry spirit with you all the way into 2019. Cheers!

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Product designer, puzzling over UX. Crocheting in between. Tea at all times.

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