Thanks, Antonin. That’s a great question. Honestly, I struggled with it for years and was really hard to work with for several years because of it. I think being an apprentice is a great way to do it.

Reflecting back on that I kinda did that myself with success. Instead of feeling above QA, I started to work more closely with automation engineers and qa testers to understand their role and how they viewed product. You then better understand importance of other roles but you also learn how to better communicate your work to the right audience.

I think getting involved in other professional industries and communities helps. When I started learning more about business or development, and broke out of the echo chamber of design communities, it really broadened my perspective. I still read and follow design publications but I think it accounts for 30–40% of my reading and engagement rather than 90% in my first few years.

By day, executive designer at Innovatemap where I help tech companies design marketable products. By night, co-founder of UX Power Tools.

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