What makes a good designer?

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What is a designer, and what makes a good designer?

I'm excited to announce I'm starting a new job in January as a UI (user interface) designer. This change in career is causing me to want to solidify my understanding of what makes a good designer.

As I shared on Instagram:

First and foremost, designers are problem solvers, not icing spreaders. We make functional and structural decisions based on the task at hand, then make it look good. Every good designer works towards the best user experience and knows that form follows function.

This quote came to me sometime over the summer, when I first Instagrammed it. You can see why I wanted a do-over ;)

What is a designer?
What is a designer?