Since February I’ve been writing a column on The Industry—a fast-growing online publication that highlights design focused startups and the people behind them—called ‘Design Your How‘. Design Your How’ dissects the design process through the lens of personal and collective productivity. I’ve looked at everything from the importance of office hours to how to effective communication within your team, and I’ve tried to do so in a way that highlights the design process as a valuable tool that’s applicable to a wide range of professions. That is, after all, what we do here at Toi.
Here’s an excerpt of my most recent article, ‘Balancing A Team‘:
Like any artist, musician, or performer, effective designers are offering people new ways to see the world around them, to connect with like-minded communities, or to find useful products and services in the easiest possible way (ok, so most well-respected artists, musicians or performers aren’t exactly doing that last one).
Design is a science, but, when done properly, it can speak to people like an art.
Which is why knowing how to effectively put together a team is such a valuable skill. Team building is an art and a science, itself, and effective leaders understand the kinds of people they need to surround themselves with, and why they need them. Here are four kinds of people who you need around you.
And here’s a link to the entire series, if you’d like to read them all.