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T-Shaped vs. V-Shaped Designers

Smashing Magazine

Vitaly Friedman discusses the lack of flexibility in UX job descriptions, suggesting that they often demand specific tool mastery and "T-shaped designers," experts in one UX area with a peripheral understanding of others. He proposes a shift towards valuing "V-shaped" employees who possess in-depth knowledge in multiple areas and can bridge knowledge gaps. These workers can excel in various tasks like setting design KPIs or driving accessibility efforts. He recommends that more companies encourage their employees to define their roles rather than confine them to predefined boxes. He also advocates for job seekers to apply for positions where they might not meet all the requirements as long as they believe they can perform well. This think piece argues for a broader understanding of a candidate's skills and capabilities rather than a narrow focus on specific skillsets.

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