The Most Important Skill?
Problem solving. A term that seems to be on a marathon like the Christmas Story. However, problem solving isn’t always about a crisis, it’s about answering questions.
Design is tasked with solving a problem. I do not mean graphic design, per se, but the idea behind design itself. Break down that recipe that just failed. Why did it fail? Did you miss something? Wrong ingredient? Everything starts from an issue that needs attention. Another example is how do we ask the right questions?
Question the Questions
Another example is are we asking the right questions? Think about the seatbelt. At some point the question was asked, how do we keep people safe in a moving piece of steel? Once that was accomplished with a two-point belt system (lap belt), the follow up question is how do we make it better? The three-point system followed (shoulder/lap belt). The problem cannot be solved unless the underlying issue is addressed. You can only build up from there.
Problem solving is simplifying a situation and will fail under yes/no questions. In my experience it has everything to do with breaking down matter to understand form and function. Make the process a discussion and brainstorm the heck out of it. Challenge yourself, your team, and your family. Open dialog is amazing.
Here is the bottom line to this short post; if you can provide an answer to a problem, you will be asked to do it again. In order to solve a problem, you have to address it. Curiosity needs to take over and your imagination is to be freed.
Here is a prime example.