A few days ago, my friend Liz Danzico asked a number of designers, researchers and other industry vetarans including Jim Coudal, Jared Spool, Joshua Porter, Ryan Sims, Steve Portigal, Whitney Hess and many others to answer this:
So you’re thinking about being a designer? If I could tell you only *one thing* about going into the field, my advice would be ________.
I thought of a lot of different answers, many of them quite cynical. I imagine my time watching the industry’s discussions and throwing peanuts at it from OK/Cancel makes me think that way a lot. For example, I considered answering with, “don’t use convoluted phrases just to make yourself sound smarter.” In the end, I erred on the side of practicality:
The other answers have been collected on the School of Visual Arts blog.