Ya this article is terrific.
”While there is value to having a fresh set of eyes evaluate a product or a process, your new colleagues won’t always find your suggestions to be helpful or palatable if you don’t first take the time to understand the context behind the current situation.”
I can’t count the times a new designer comes in and redesigns something without researching only to be hit with a wave of unmet questions during a review.
Dude this is a great article! IMO the more career talk when it comes to design the better. I might offer an antithesis to your final point though: be confident.
In real life you spend as much time defending your design decisions as you do making them, and while it's perfectly reasonable to cede ground when you're wrong, you gotta be ready to hold firm when you're right.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the article, Matt! And thanks so much for offering this point. I definitely agree that confidence is important as a designer, but I wouldn't consider it the antithesis to humility. Being humble doesn't mean being a pushover, nor does being confident mean pushing your own ideas over everybody else's. In my experience, my confidence comes from being able to effectively tell the story of my design work and articulating my design decisions to diverse stakeholders, in a way that shows I'm thinking about users, the business, and how the product or feature will be built. That way, it's never really an issue of holding firm or standing my ground, but rather being a good facilitator of a discussion that is always focused on producing the best work.