I recently spent 10 weeks working with 18 designers/developers, teaching them how to interact with clients and run real website projects.
Much of what we get out of a design school education is slanted to satisfy the primary purpose of making a designer employable upon graduating.
Design education needs more focus on developing soft skills in their freshly minted designers. Talking about the intangibles of this career is beneficial.
I often talk about how important the act of reading is to a designer. I don’t have many platforms or soap boxes that I get on regularly, but the importance of staying current and understanding our place in the stream of time through continued education is one of them.
“I don’t like to read” are some of the most painful words I hear uttered on a semi-regular basis.
I love over hearing student conversations when I’m in the classroom. Those moments when a student discovers and connects with a designer, or a technique, or a process is always exhilarating.