Virtual Seminar

Plays Well With Others: Survival Skills for Design Teams

June 2011 90 minutes

You’ll learn to…

  • Recognize what makes someone an effective designer
  • Understand, and best utilize, strengths and weaknesses
  • Characterize the situations and circumstances in which you thrive
  • Help managers use your skills and talents more effectively on projects
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Despite what you read in job descriptions, web designers are not a uniform mass of Photoshop / HTML / JavaScript / Wireframing / Sitemapping skills. Some designers emphasize “implementation” skills, while others emphasize “planning” skills. There are designers who specialize on interaction, or interface, or content. Some see these distinctions as fixed, others as arbitrary.
Those lines are drawn in the sand, and they’re frequently washed away by waves of design trends, methodology fads, and new challenges. Ultimately, however, those distinctions have no impact on whether you are an effective designer or not.

You're not going to want to miss what Dan Brown has to share in this new seminar! Team leaders will learn to assess talent and skills available to them for more efficient and effective projects. Designers will understand what they need to best fit on an effective team.
Effective designers get things done. Creating designs that successfully solve problems are just part of what they do. They encourage forward movement toward a project’s conclusion.

Designers face many constraints and circumstances: impassable arguments with your team, communication obstacles, misaligned expectations. Technical skills and design talent aside, there are some characteristics that you can cultivate to make you a more effective designer. Collaborating with clients and colleagues, ensuring your outputs are meaningful and accessible, and meeting your deadlines are just some of these characteristics. And frankly, no matter how talented you are, no one can abide a jerk.
The first step in all of this is being self-aware, acknowledging both your strengths and weaknesses, being honest with yourself about your talent, identifying a good role for yourself on projects, and understanding what you need to succeed.

In this virtual seminar, Dan Brown will identify several characteristics he uses when evaluating the “soft skills” of a new team member. These are questions he asks about himself all the time, in an effort to remain not just good, but effective.

  • Recognize what makes someone an effective designer

  • Understand, and best utilize, strengths and weaknesses

  • Characterize the situations and circumstances in which you thrive

  • Help managers use your skills and talents more effectively on projects