“Technical knowledge aside, what makes for a good Web designer?”
Celia Patricia Considine
Is the knowledge of different techniques enough to make some good designs? Do we have to consider our background, and deferent disciplinary ways of interpretation of our world, the only thing to consider? Can we learn how to create original ideas?
A few years ago, a group of teammates and friends were discussing these questions in our creative writing club, and we arrived to some consideration that I would like to share now that we are talking about good Web designers.
In one point, we realized that no matter how knowledge you have on writing techniques, composition methods, and grammar rules if you do not have anything to say. In other words, is your background, your experiences and points of views that complement your writing as an author or, in this case, your techniques as a Web designer. But there is another element to consider: creativity. In my opinion, the process of having original ideas that have value is not always present. Why?
As the article Design isn’t just about pixels implies (October 30, 2012) “real life experiences build stronger ideas” but is creativity what makes the difference no “your personality”, as the article suggests. You can have a strong, charmed personality, you can also go outside and see new things but if you were part of these generation that share the same educational broken model and you were conditioned to suppress your curiosity, it would be hard to overcome the lack of passion for designing something fresh new and original. What can we do?
Curiosity is the fuel of creativity (Robinson, 2012) Try to be curious as much as you can, and keep doing question, because is the way you will learn.) If we are going to find solution for a client, we have to be empathic with his/her needs “Questions can lead you to more creative insight due to directing your thinking in a way that requires an answer” (Morton, 2016)
Also, when you are willing to learn from others you will become a creative designer. We learn always from others, but when you are able to be empathic, understand the feelings of another, you became a great artist. “Our job is not to design ‘it’. It is to learn and surface the story of ‘why’ and remove all the barriers between ‘why’ and the user saying “thank you that meets my needs …” (Creative Blog Staff, Feb 2012)
In Conclusion, to overcome an education that does not help us to be creative, we have to rethink how we see our world, by doing that all our technical skill will be a great combination to design.