Ageism in Tech: Why Older Designers Are Better Than Younger Designers(

almost 2 years ago from Christina Wu, Product Designer

  • Andrew C, almost 2 years ago

    This article judges talent with age (asserting younger people are inferior... due to age) and ironically falls victim to ageism.

    A good craftsman is curious, continually learning, open to exploration, and above all else has a will to produce good, usable work. Age doesn't really provide a barrier to any of those qualities. Older designers have their risks too: coming to a job with a lifelong list of bad habits, high expectations that they don't have to show their work or prove usability, etc, etc. It's very easy to generalize about a group based on age, but for knowledge work like ours it's pretty pointless. Treat individuals as if you can learn something from them — with respect.

    EDIT: After reading more comments under this post it's clear the community is also rife with ageism... like assuming young designers pilfer UI kits and care nothing for usability. Basically all school's and code academy's preach UX as a design cornerstone. Everyone is bad at ageism, I guess.

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