I’m reading a pretty interesting book right now, and would recommend it to anyone. It’s not just for “designers,” it’s applicable to anyone wanting to live a fulfilling career life, etc. I really like this quote, because it’s so true for our design team, but across various teams in our company.
“Many people think that designers are lone geniuses, working in solitude and waiting for a flash of inspiration to show them the solution to their design problem. Nothing could be further from the truth. There may be some problems, such as the design of a stool or a new set of children’s blocks, that are simple enough to be tackled by an individual, but in today’s highly technical world, almost every problem requires a design team. Design thinking takes this idea even further and suggests that the best results come from radical collaboration. Radical collaboration works on the principle that people with very different backgrounds will bring their idiosyncratic technical and human experiences to the team. This increases the chance that the team will have empathy for those who will use what they are designing, and that the collision of different backgrounds will generate truly unique solutions.”
—Excerpt from Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans