I’m honored you all read the article and took the time to add a comment. Thank you so much.
After I read Design Is A Job by Mike Monteiro, I felt like I understood more about why some designers just dive right in and start designing without first understanding their parameters.
In my opinion they are confusing design with art.
Art does not typically work within boundaries. Art is an expression of the artist, not the result of a conversation where a thousand questions were asked and compromise was made over and over.
Design on the other hand is about solving problems. Understanding your parameters and being creative within them.
These designers who dive right in may see themselves as an artist type, or they may be in a position that expects them to work as an artist.
I have certainly worked on teams where the “creatives” were treated as if they were born with a talent that gave them some sort of superpower, so sorry about the rest of you.
Being treated as an artist and expected to just intuitively know what the right answers are is a real pressure that many designers work with. Asking questions in this situation implies you do not intuitively know the right answer, and maybe you weren’t born with a superpower.
Having more conversations in your workplace and on your team about your role can help clarify what design actually is.
Your superpower is your ability to ask really smart questions, see the bigger picture, and be really damn creative within the parameters.