When we think of curiosity, we think of science, of children, and of explorers. But have you ever considered how curiosity affects you and your worklife? Cap Watkins, a programmer from Amazon and Formspring recently wrote a post covering the value of Curiosity in the design career field. Here’s an excerpt for you:
if you’re intensely curious, I tend to worry less about those other skills. Over and over I watch great designers acquire new skills and push the boundaries of what can be done through sheer curiosity and force of will. Curiosity forces us to stay up all night teaching ourselves a new Photoshop technique. It wakes us up in the middle of the night because it can’t let go of the interaction problem we haven’t nailed yet. I honestly think it’s the single, most important trait a designer (or, hell, anyone working in tech) can possess.
It’s not a nice-to-have. It’s not optional. It’s required. Put it on your job postings, make it part of your interview loops, embrace it as part of your companies’ cultures.
For the whole post, here’s the link.
Thanks to Cap Watkins for the post. Brilliant writings on a normal basis.