Which Member of Your Design Team do You Represent?
Image Source: Michael Roller.
Michael Roller has written a great post describing the 4 key members of a design team and the different roles they play. They are a little complicated at first glance, so I have taken the liberty to add to this discussion by translating these roles into the more common design titles we are familiar with (in brackets are my contributions):
1) The Evangelist: “A design team without a visionary leader is like a church without a preacher. The Evangelist focuses on design at the highest level, developing strategies and processes that push the limits of design and business as a whole.”
(Design Director or Design Manager)
2) The Conductor: “The Conductor’s analytical mind helps her to ensure that no detail goes unconsidered. Like directing an orchestra, she brings together all the little details into harmony, making sure everything has been figured out and nothing taken for granted.”
(Creative Director or Lead Designer)
3) The Dreamer: “A great design team deploys Dreamers to brainstorms where blue sky thinking is necessary, and keeps them involved when the end product must push category boundaries or create brand new ones.”
(Conceptual Designers, Content Creation or Form Monsters)
4) The Surgeon: “A great design team relies on the Surgeon – an analytical thinker who cuts up and dissects design problems to find the best solutions.”
(Realization Designers or Case-Part Designers)
Oh wait, there is one more:
5) The Jack of all Trades: “Every team has designers with diverse skill sets, but the Jack of All Trades might be the most talented person in your office because he can truly do everything.”
(I’m sure we all know this one eh?)