I’m teaching a new Professional Practices class this year, so I’m heads deep in developing new content.
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.