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INNOVATING DESIGN PRACTICE

Design Growth

Not sure how you want to grow as a designer? Answering these questions can help you decide how to approach growing.

Karl Mochel
Sep 15, 2019 · 13 min read

What are you trying to grow?

What kind of projects do you want to take on?

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The set of skills you have is your known-knowns. You can grow these skills by gaining depth in them.

How much do you know about [skill]?

I know nothing about [skill]

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From your known-knowns you probably have an idea of skills that you would like to learn. These are your known-unknowns. Learning these skills will expand your breadth.

I am at an intermediate level

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Outside of your known-unknowns is a universe of unknown-unknowns. As you learn new skills your known-knowns and known-unknowns will grow, overtaking portions of the unknown-unknowns.

Are you looking for depth or breadth?

Depth — I want to be really good at something specific.

Breadth — I want to have additional ways to solve problems when new work or challenges present themselves.

What is your learning style?

Experience-based Growth

What if you want to grow as a designer but the previous sections still haven’t given you direction?

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1 Understanding the problem

2 Use of analogy

3 Use of metaphor

4 Constraints

5 Transitions between design steps

6 Mental iterations

7 Organization and structure of cognitive actions

8 Design behavior: Problem scoping and problem framing

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As you accumulate skills they will interact, start folding together, relating to each other, becoming connected.

Resources

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Karl Mochel

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User Experience Architect - Design effects every part of life. Life is designed. But design is not life.

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +755K people. Follow to join our community.

Karl Mochel

Written by

User Experience Architect - Design effects every part of life. Life is designed. But design is not life.

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +755K people. Follow to join our community.

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