Design is a deep subject, and one can easily get lost in the vastness. Very few designers have an understanding of what they are striving towards whereas, the vastness calls for a personalized meaning to Design. Without clarity, efforts in Design can seem as non-impactful. At times, Design can seem more significant than it is, and at others, we end up ignoring it where it was important not to.
Below is an introspection on how I see my role in the vastness. I've broken this down into two sections. My role as a design leader and How in the depths of my mind, I approach a design. These thoughts are my current state of mind, and they keep evolving so, you may come back here tomorrow and see something different. I would request you to stick with the latest :)
As I've matured as a leader, my role has become more and more indirect. Rarely, I do things that directly create value; however, everything I do is aimed at generating substantially high an output as compared to the input indirectly. There are multiple ways in which I try to achieve this.
I'm incredibly fortunate to have worked with the people in my life so far who have all contributed to bringing me where I am today.
As my role has shifted, my relationship with the Design has evolved too. Below is a summary of how my thinking proceeds while designing and is a personal approach I take. Design is no longer binary for me, such as good vs bad. I've come to relate to more and more Design through a spectrum.
Be humble, respect results and introspect. Remember, Design is a spectrum, and we are on a journey to improve. We are striving to make the world more humane and learning with time, listening to what people have to say and respecting them is how we can achieve that.
It is effortless to make a recommendation but owning outcomes and taking responsibility is our duty as designers. Also, throughout the process, we are not just designing for users and solving for a business; we are also advocates and should be committed to respecting privacy and diversity through our designs. These are things that can and never should be compromised upon.