If you lose all your skills as a designer, and you have to choose just one skill to remain in your skills list, what this skill would be?
It’s a hard question to answer. One skill ONLY is very hard to choose among a lot of skills and experiences any designer must have.
I thought that problem solving is the most important skill for a designer.
But wait, what if I was solving the wrong problem?
“ If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” Albert Einstein
Despite people thinking, defining the right problem is more challenging than finding solutions.
I think that defining the right problem is the most important skill you need as a designer.
In this example, you as a designer would spend a lot of time trying to solve a wrong problem and you might get a creative solution.
At the end, your users will not be satisfied by solving the wrong problem even if the solution is very creative.
There are many techniques that could help you to identify and define the right problems. The most popular technique is The 5 whys technique.
Finally, Try always to think more than one time about the real problem that affects people’s lives and once you identified the right problem, the easy part of thinking about solutions comes.