"What does being a good designer mean to you?"

I was asked this question a while back and I've been pondering it recently. I also asked that question on Twitter to see what others think about this. There are as many answers as there are designers and it was interesting to read different perspectives. The answer I liked the most was this:

"[A good designer] must have results, we are not artists."

This especially applies to less experienced designers, who, in my view, tend to focus on pixels over people and outcomes of their work. I used to be the same. Being a good craftsman is nice, but solving problems for people is more important than getting that shadow just right.

I would like to explore the question of being a good designer in a bit more depth and I'll use the rest of this post to explore my thoughts on this.

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