Growth Mindset for Designers
This growth mindset is important for designers. In a recent interview, Chris Lee, founder of Asylum Creative, a successful multidisciplinary agency, shared that by adding interior design to its skills set, Asylum was able to transform from a graphic design studio into a multi-disciplinary outfit.
Admittedly, exploring new grounds can be unnerving. For instance, when I moved from an architectural practice to service design 10 years ago, the work was so new that I was often asked to explain what “service” and “experience” design meant. Back then, there was neither a formal curriculum for service design nor clarity on the skills required from a good service designer.
I believe that young designers are better supported today, especially with the new Skills Framework for Design by the DesignSingapore Council, Skillsfuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore. Developed together with employers, industry associations, as well as education and training providers, the framework identifies new jobs in demand, sets out the possible career pathways, and specifies existing and emerging skills required for these roles.
And it’s great to see local design schools reviewing and evolving their curricular so students graduate with relevant skills to meet new market demands. Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Design and Environment, for instance, used the framework as a guide to develop its latest Diploma in Design. Methodology, a design education company that provides corporate training, also referenced the framework when it developed the first Professional Conversion Programme for UX/UI Digital Design and UX/UI Spatial Design Professionals.
With the boundaries of design disciplines blurring and new opportunities for design emerging across industries, there really is no better time for designers to grow in depth and breadth in order to become the catalysts and change makers we are meant to be.