The Day You Became an Outstanding Product Designer

TLDR: A good designer is a disciplined, productive life-long learner. 10 non-design tips to increase your impact as a designer.

I know how to become an outstanding product designer. Hear me out. I have a simple 10-step process.

  1. Manage your time. Hours can either be billed to a client or spent experimenting and learning new skills. Make time for both and you’ll be alright.
  2. Build trust by keeping to your word. Don’t be like my tailor.
  3. When things get out of hand and you can’t deliver, don’t ignore phone calls and e-mails.
  4. Improve your communication skills. Write with clarity and speak with confidence.
  5. Master money. You have got to figure out your pricing strategy from day one.
  6. Be confident, even when you feel like shit 💩.
  7. Learn to be brutally pragmatic. Combine your aspirations with your constraints, when coming up with project estimates.
  8. Talk to people. It’ll surprise you, people have ideas, and they know a lot.
  9. Be like Shatta Wale. Share your work. Fight the urge to ignore this one. Just put something out.
  10. Work with people. Collaboration is the world’s best kept secret. The solo genius is a myth.

The discipline is the hard part, it’s what I struggle with. But once you figure it out, the actual design stuff (i.e. tools and processes) will be a breeze.

Trust me.

Thanks for reading. I am on twitter most days. Are you a product designer in Accra? I would love to meet you. Let’s talk @kobbyannor

Title inspired by Scott Adams

Dr. Seuss — 'If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.'