20 Skills Design Software Won't Ever Replace

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20 Skills Design Software Won't Ever Replace
20 Skills Design Software Won't Ever Replace
08-17-2020 11:00 am
(Renee Fleck in Inspiration, August 2020) 
This post was originally posted on Creative Market, the world's marketplace for ready-to-use design assets. 

We've been talking a lot lately about the design process in web-design. That's because we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to make an informed decision, and don't get trapped with easy to use DIY design softwares. Of course, we want you to call us first, but even if you don't you can rest easy knowing that you've been educated on design. So, here's 20 skills that can't be replaced with design software, just in case you weren't convinced yet. 

1. Intuition
Intuition is the insight to know when to expand or scrap an idea - that feeling in your gut. This is a designer's most important (and one of the most mysterious) skill. Intuition in design results in the most cohesive products. 

2. Empathy
We're humans, meaning we care. A computer can't care about you the way a human designer does. This human ability is the key to responding and designing solutions that meet human needs and wants. 

3. Taste
Like intuition, taste is enigmatic. It allows each human to discern what works and what doesn't in a particular design project, according to the client's business, personal taste, and overall aesthetic. Many clients decide to hire a particular creative professional because of his/her taste and aesthetic. 

4. Listening
Designers have the genuine ability to listen, unlike computers. We hear your needs and can understand inflection. We toss questions back and forth, and create products that suit them. 

5. Creativity
Making designs unique is a human skill that everyone has. No matter what anyone says, a computer does not have the ability to dream, brainstorm, and devise original ideas without human imput. 

6. Imagination
Imagination and creativity go hand-in-hand and are inherently human. Imagination is the ability to conjure and envision what a design should look like, outside of pattern or algorithims. 

7. Improvisation
When designs aren't working, humans can change and adapt. Finding creative ways to solve problems aren't part of a computer code, it's creative thinking and learning based on prior experience. 

8. Emotional Intelligence
Like empathy, emotional intelligence is crucial for anyone dealing with clients. Our ability to handle interpersonal relationships ensures that we can collaborate and deliver. We are also consumers, so we can put ourselves in a different mindset when creating. 

9. Discernment 
Designers are constantly making decisions. The key to decision making is discernment, which requires the ability to judge a situation and make the best call for it. 

10. Judgement
Human Designers must read situations (like interactions with clients), and respond accordingly. In contrast, software has a preset and preprogrammed set of answers. Sometimes a client will ask us to pick apart an existing site. In this case, having a strong sense of judgement can position your expertise in front of those who need it most. 

11. Collaboration
Humans have the ability to listen, understand, and reciprocate with others. They have the ability to transgress hierarchy whenever necessary. Even if someone's voice should technically have mroe relevance to the conversation, human beings are capable of switching power positions in many types of contexts - including the creative process. 

12. Persuasion
Clients need to be convinced about going forward with a project sometimes. Not everyone is ready to jump onboard. Software packages can't persuade by appealing to a person's emotions. The ability to persuade clients comes from the human touch. 

13. Imperfection
Fantastic design directions can arise from mistakes. However, programmed software rarely leabes space for errors. Sometimes overcoming mistakes leads to great design moments. 

14. Passion
Most designers love what they do, and that passion shows through their work. 

15. Divergence
Software can find C when A and B are present. But what happens when you need C and don't know how to get it? That's when a designer comes in. The ability to think outside the box is inherently human. 

16. Risk-Taking
Computers don't take risks. They can't define a risky move, and usually just gives you versions of what already exists - that's right, templates. Without taking risks in design and programming, things remain stagnant. 

17. Negotiation
Design is mult-faceted, and somthing that goes with both its business and creative sides, is negotiation. People must negotiate terms and ideas and determine worth. A one size fits all package with pricing attached for something you don't really want is settling. 

18. Perception
One of the most incredible human abilities is the ability to perceive. Take in the world, process, adn digest what is seen. This ability to essential to creating design that is fitting for a client's wants, and reflective of a rich creative knowledge. 

19. Leadership
When you DIY, you are the leader. If you don't know what you're doing, you can lead your website right into chaos. Besides, you're an expert in your business, not web design! Let us take the lead, that's our job. 

20. Critical Thinking
Critical thought ust be paired with creativity to make a good product. Considering all factors when tackling a project is what we're trained for. A software doesn't know you, what you do, what you sell, what you like, or any of your goals. We do. 

So what do you think? Are you ready?

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