Time to clarity is the amount of time it takes you to establish a clear/confident picture in your mind of how to go about designing the best possible solution for your users.
You don’t need a degree to become a designer.
I regularly receive pings from friends and family for advice on how to get started in a new design or front-end coding career. The emails usually read something along the lines of:
I was hoping I could hit you up for some advice. I’ve decided to switch careers to become a designer. I’m thinking of either applying to this [ENTER_NAME_OF_2_YEAR_UNIVERSITY] course. There’s also this [ENTER_NAME_OF_HIPSTER_DESIGN_TRAINING_SCHOOL/COURSE] which lasts X weeks, and costs $X000. I’m undecided. Which would you choose?
After a deep sigh, my answer is always the same, “I wouldn’t pay for any of that“.
We all know the “Silicon Valley” siren call:
- you quit your job, and start a company, AND
- you raise money (early & often), AND
- you prioritize the growth of your company over everything else in your life, AND
- you can hang onto the reins for 5-12 years…
- you’ll be rewarded with a Scrooge McDuck sized money vault, AND
- you’ll ultimately live a fulfilled, happy life!
I used to sip this Kool-aid…