This goes beyond just UX. When I started in this industry in like 2001, I was interested in HTML, magazines, web design, logo design, media. The worst advice I’d consistently get from CDs and managers was to specialize.


I still consider myself a proud generalist with an even wider range of interests. If I listened to those jackasses, I'd never be running an education company where I get to help design curriculum, print materials, a website, learning platform, and a service.

More importantly, I can incorporate other wild ideas from completely different interests, like education theory, music, economics, accounting, media criticism, etc. Give yourself over to your inputs and figure out weird ways to channel 'em. That's what being a generalist is.

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