Evaluating your skills as a Product Designer?

over 1 year ago from

Hi Folks - broad question for the design community here - how do you evaluate your skills as a Product Designer? How do you know if you're improving, getting better or stagnating (doing the same thing)?

I recently wrote an article trying to capture some of the things that a product designer should be thinking about and how to break those skills down into components that can be practiced. But I'm curious to to learn more about how you think about your skills and growth.

Follow-up questions,

  • Does your company have a formal product design evaluation criteria?
  • How often do you self assess?
  • What skills do you find most critical in your current role?
  • How do you measure progress on skills that are hard to measure (e.g. "expertise" in using color in design) or handling difficult conversations with stakeholders?

Looking forward to your responses!


  • Freckley FrecklesonFreckley Freckleson, over 1 year ago

    Hire or mentor a junior and you'll know straight away how far you've come ;)

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  • MB Apps, over 1 year ago

    Well, hope this is helpful. I'm just starting out and many of the points you mentioned are pretty much up to me.

    Self-assessing is mandatory as well as finding ways to improve. For example, this:


    went live a few days ago, and while I tried to polish it as much as possible pre-launch, I realize there are still things that could be optimized, design-wise.

    In this case, feedback from the community is one way to evaluate your skill.

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