I found the experience of learning to drive to be very similar to the experience I had as a new designer. My experienced driver friends always gave me tips on how to drive safely and how to avoid unnecessary incidents, which perfectly reflected my growth journey as a designer.
New vs. Experienced
- Goals: I need to get home safely.
- Change Lanes: Scary! Can I change lanes now? What if I get hit by other cars?
- Got honked at: Ugh! People were angry! Maybe I turned on the signal too late or forgot to use the small mirror to check the blind spot.
- Emotions: Driving sucks, it’s scary and stressful.
- Goals: I want to redesign this feature.
- Propose redesign idea: Scary! Can I propose this redesign idea? What if I get rejected?
- Got rejected: Ugh! My [leadership title] was not convinced because I didn’t have enough evidence, I didn’t use data to back up my thinking.
- Emotions: Being a designer is frustrating, people don’t listen to me.