Designers who can go deep in technology like a computer scientist, and who can also understand people like a social scientist, are the designers who can think and create at the scale of millions of users. They are the ones who can manage the shifting standards and technologies that seemingly change every week. They are the ones the world needs right now.
How we prioritize our learning has implications beyond the day-to-day. Often we focus on things that change quickly. We chase the latest study, the latest findings, the most recent best-sellers. We do this to keep up-to-date with the latest-and-greatest.
Despite our intentions, learning in this way fails to account for cumulative knowledge. Instead we consume all of our time keeping up to date.
If we are prioritize learning, we should focus on things that change slowly.
Andy Warhol, Skulls (Acrylic, silkscreen and ink on canvas), ca. 1976
The Doors, 1968
Jimmy Page photographed by Chris Deja, 1968.
Someone recorded this track of what was playing on FM radio in NYC the night John Lennon died on Dec 8, 1980. Originally from http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2005/12/nyc_radio_the_n.html
Joni Mitchell photographed by Jack Robinson, 1968