Translation of “Good Designer, Bad Designer” by Tarun Kohli on what really separates a good designer from a bad one!
If you run a company and still haven’t read Ben Horowitz’s book Good Product Manager / Bad Product Manager, then I urge you to click on the link now and read it. Despite the fact that the book was written 20 years ago, it is still of great value.
And now, inspired by Ben, I was thinking, “What separates a good designer from a bad one?”
And this is what happened (even with illustrations):
Show empathy for the user
A good designer thinks about users’ problems, a bad one – about himself and his solutions.
A good designer asks questions to understand the whole essence of the problem, a bad one is afraid to ask.
Come up with an idea
A good designer offers many solutions, a bad one stops with the first option.
A good designer focuses on creating the most useful designs, while a bad designer focuses on the latest tools and trends.
A good designer seeks criticism, a bad one avoids it.
In relation to planning
A good designer believes that “not having a plan is a plan for failure,” a bad one relies on a good game.
The path to the result
A good designer is disciplined in this regard, a bad designer only works when “he is in the mood”.
A good designer is sure that the work is not ready until the design is approved in relation to user analytics data. A bad designer is confident that the work is finished the moment the design is handed over to the developers.
A good designer learns from mistakes and improvises, a bad one doesn’t believe in failure.
A good designer shares his inspiration, a bad one tries to take all the glory for himself.
Translation: Alina Patsyuk