A Generalist Mentality.

02/18/10 Joe



Mike Kus recently published this article about why designers should be able to code.

We might suggest the opposite article be written as well: Why Developers Should Understand Design. Expanding your knowledge of the industry certainly can’t hurt the quality of the work you output… yet there’s a time and a place for specialists in the mix, too.

From our small (yet global) studio perspective, it’s in our best interest to be generalists. Generalists are big picture people. They get the connections between things, and they understand the world view.

Specialsts have their place, and in a big company they absolutely fit in. But in small business like ours, we thrive off diversely talented people who are good at understanding many things.



  1. coldclimate says:

    It seems to be a subject that’s coming up more and more – and people seem to have some strong views. I’m all for people having a core skill set, but passing “grey knowledge” of other things in and around their environment, in fact it was the motivation behind helping to get the Design It Build It conference up and running – having people in the same building at the same time.

  2. Joe says:

    @coldclimate Good point about the “core skill set.” There is such a thing as being too much of a generalist…

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  4. Danny says:

    Or, specialisation is for insects.

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