Coming from a position where I was a one-woman design team, I thought that I would struggle more working on a team for projects at AC4D. While it is true that things can get lost in translation when first learning how to effectively communicate between team members, ultimately, if you can stay open minded and find techniques that work for your team, the benefit of different perspectives on the final result outweigh the struggles endured during the process.
Regardless of the talents you possess, you will always have some gaps and blind spots in abilities and experiences. In order to fill those gaps and see beyond what you know, you have to partner up with others who have different strengths and opinions than you. To achieve something spectacular, you need the ability to build upon ideas. This comes through working on a team.
Below is a small diagram showing the opportunity areas for creative collaboration when working with others. These are the areas that fuel great design and progress.
This past week, I was under the weather and it was amazing to have teammates who graciously picked up the slack so that I could rest and recover. Since we are able to communicate effectively and have built a foundation of trust, we were able to stay on track and collaborate remotely.
I used to think that I would want to go back to working on my own, but as we have moved into Q2 where we are working on a project on our own, working on a service design project in a team of two and working on a final research project in a team of three, I realize that I really do enjoy working on a team. With a team, you are not limited to your own ideas. Different experiences and backgrounds increase the creativity of individual team members and the group as a whole.