by anthony on 12/15/10 at 9:19 pm
As designers, our jobs aren’t as easy as people think. On top of designing, we have to deal with the everyday stresses of the Organization. Yes, the Organization. You can have the perfect design in the world, but when you put it in the context of the Organization, your design can take a dramatic turn. According to the survey Why Designers Fail: The Report, the number one obstacle designers face isn’t a lack of skill or psychological stability. It’s the issues of the Organization.
Out of 389 surveyors, the issue of “People in non-design roles making design decisions” and “Managers making design decisions w/o design training” were the top two issues ranked as the most significant contributors to the failure of designers. Before you start to assume that these survey results are one-sided, note that this survey included non-designers as well. In fact, “49% of those surveyed identified as playing a lead or management role.” There was a general consensus in how designers and non-designers view the causes of design failure.
The results of this survey confirm that when it comes to making design decisions, the managers in charge should seek consensus among designers before making the final decision. Designers can offer managers valuable insight, as long as they ask questions and listen. Asking questions and listening are the two most important qualities a manager needs to succeed in working with designers. When managers start to do this, they’ll not only find that things get easier for them, but the design decisions they make will bring out the best in their designers.
Based on your experience, what do you think the number one obstacle for designers are? What can we do to overcome that obstacle? Share your thoughts in the comments below.