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Are you a resilient designer? What attributes? Stories from the employer

Posted on: June 19, 2013

Are you a resilient designer? Stories from the employer

What makes a resilient designer?

Stories from the employer

I have posted many articles on design, designing, designers, and now what could be the attributes for a resilient designer?

The London College of Communication (LCC) is working in partnership with Uscreates and FdA and BA Design for Graphic Communication students on a research project.
The aim is to better understand the resilience attributes that a designer needs to be equipped with and how he/she can develop these attributes further, to succeed in industry and among their community of practice.
We would appreciate your stories and experiences on this issue.
Please take five minutes to answer the following questions by Monday the 17th of June 12pm. Responses will be analyzed and published anonymously in a report during the end of year show at LCC on the 20th of June 2013.

* Required

Your top 3 resilience attributes for a designer

Select 3 resilience attributes from the list below that would make a design candidate you are considering recruiting most employable. *
  • Open to feedback: embraces and acts upon constructive feedback
  • Communicator: good at listening, explaining, presenting, negotiating, debating and pitching
  • Team player: understands the value of team working, leverages the team’s skills, and contributes constructively
  • Networking abilities: sociable, personable and understands the value of connections and people assets to further a career
  • Self-promoting: actively branding and promoting oneself in day-to-day interactions with the community of practice
  • Problem-solver: enjoys problems and the process of solution-making
  • Inquisitive: curious and questioning nature
  • Visionary: armed with a vision for a future career pathway
  • Strategic: good understanding of the bigger picture
  • Unafraid of failure: understands failure as progress and is willing to start again
  • Risk-taker: embraces experimentation, innovation, unexpected outcomes, and treading new territory
  • Self-directed: driven by own ambitions, goals and confidence, and takes more proactive than reactive steps
  • Agile: capability to adapt to change quickly and improvise coping strategies
  • Can-do attitude: sees obstacles as opportunities and barriers as possibilities
  • Confidence: believes in own skills, experience and capabilities
  • Self-reflective: assesses own strengths, weaknesses, and learning to progress and develop
  • Multi-tasker: ability to handle more than one task or project at the same time while maintaining quality
  • Working under pressure: ability to perform effectively with heavy workloads or conflicting priorities
  • Responsible: reliable and performs role and responsibilities well
  • Resourceful: makes the best use of time, budget and other resource constraints
  • Organised: reliable and effective task and time manager
  • Attentive to details: able to focus on the details
  • Theory-practice balance: ability to put theory into practice and extract theory from practice
  • Interdisciplinary: interested in disciplines outside design and how they affect design and can be affected by design
  • Industry-aware: good understanding of the design industry and its working dynamics
  • Researcher: understands the value of seeking information to make informed decisions
  • Empathic: designing with an understanding of clients, peers and audience’s needs and situations
  • Creative: ability to generate novel ideas, approaches and perspectives
  • Ideas person: good a generating new and multiple ideas quickly towards a challenge
  • Passionate about learning: mind-set that existing skills can be improved and new skills can be learned
  • Other:

Stories about the 1st resilience attribute you selected

What was your 1st choice resilience attribute? *
Share a story about a time when you interviewed a design candidate who would have scored LOW on achieving that attribute. *
Describe when it was, what happened at the interview, and how you felt about the candidate.
Share a story about a time when you interviewed a design candidate who would have scored HIGH on achieving that attribute. *
Describe when it was, what happened at the interview, and how you felt about the candidate.

Stories about the 2nd resilience attribute you selected

What was your 2nd choice resilience attribute? *
Share a story about a time when you interviewed a design candidate who would have scored LOW on achieving that attribute. *
Describe when it was, what happened at the interview, and how you felt about the candidate.
Share a story about a time when you interviewed a design candidate who would have scored HIGH on achieving that attribute. *
Describe when it was, what happened at the interview, and how you felt about the candidate.

Stories about the 3rd resilience attribute you selected

What was your 3rd choice resilience attribute? *
Share a story about a time when you interviewed a design candidate who would have scored LOW on achieving that attribute. *
Describe when it was, what happened at the interview, and how you felt about the candidate.
Share a story about a time when you interviewed a design candidate who would have scored HIGH on achieving that attribute. *
Describe when it was, what happened at the interview, and how you felt about the candidate.
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