I am not asking simply “What makes a great designer?” but what trait is essential?
The trait that resonates louder and more often with the design folks I admire and want to emulate is:
The constant quest to learn.
***Learning about the newest products in our field
*** Figuring out the best ways to execute a design element
***Discovering the multitude of ways products can be used…in a creative and innovative fashion
***Challenging the status quo to solve a problem by “seeing” it as no one else has done
***Desiring to learn more about associated disciplines
Mix all of this with a healthy dose of passion for creating, an eye for detail, and a head for learning and you have a great designer.
“Creativity is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought.” ~Albert Szent-Goyorgy
What about learning from mistakes? We call it doing a “post mortem” on a job.What worked well? What could we have done better? How could we handle situation A or B differently? What did we learn from this job?