Designers should start a companies.
Fact is, junior designers have no influence in a corporation. I don’t want to be a part of that.
You can take the traditional corporate path, or you can start a company. It’s different, and different is scary, but my design education prepared me for iteration and solving difficult problems.
This isn’t a walk in the park. Making decisions, project managing myself, and taking responsibility isn’t easy. I think many people are afraid of that responsibility. I know it because I live it everyday, as I’m trying to grow both my design and business skills through bringing a product to market. It’s unnerving, but exciting. I prefer excitement to a structured trajectory as long as it’s economically feasible.
And I prefer it to the the cost of most graduate school education options. You aren’t going to make any money at the start of an enterprise. But let’s compare that to MBA education. What if you just paid yourself 60K a year (well, maybe in time equivalent) instead of putting it into school coffers? And if you’re smart and have saved some money, why not?
I may or may not make it at this entrepreneurship game this time around. Experience from my program indicates that those who start their own companies are likely to fail in the short run. This shouldn’t be surprising. The best business leaders in the world fail for a myriad of reasons. But the worst case isn’t bad. I’ve seen my fellow business designers (“biz des”ers?) skip the corporate crawl. One individual who just 2 years ago entered IxD is now a UX director at a local Austin company. That doesn’t happen out of grad school typically. It happens after running your own business.
Talk about showing grit to your potential self, supporters, and users. Pay it forward now by starting something that’s your own.No Comments »