20 Nov 21

Junior designers vs. senior designers

Julie Zhuo has a popular article about the difference between junior and senior designers. Here are my takeaways:


  • Junior: Haphazard, all over the place.
  • Senior: There's method to the madness.


  • Junior: Make it look as nice as possible.
  • Senior: Deliver as much new value as possible.


  • Junior: Understanding the problem seems easy, as does shipping a solution and iterating on it. The hardest part for junior designers is the "design" itself. Materializing & crafting that one idea you're going to deliver.
  • Senior: The process gets progressively harder from problem to solution. Having ideas and executing them is easy and cheap, the hard parts are making sure you're delivering value at the end.

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