Time For New Prerequisites in the Work Space

Remember when knowing how to type was a prerequisite for a job? Ok, truth be told neither do I. These days, that would be akin to saying “come potty trained”. But I do remember typing classes as a student in elementary school. How can we forget those floppy disks?

Why did we learn to type? Because typing was a basic and necessary skill for functioning in a world where computers were taking over the workspace. Today, in a world where we interact through websites, networks and app-enabled mobile devices, it seems that our prerequisites are in need of an update.

How frequently have you found yourself in a situation where you need to launch a simple website? Perhaps it’s for your resume, band, artwork, small business, an original idea, etc. Everyone has that one friend who knows how to build a site, or that guy who knows a guy, who knows how to build a site. But these days, on some level, everyone should be that guy or that girl. Your goal should not be to unseat the masters of code and design, but seek out the simple foundations of their art. You don’t need to be Edison to change a light bulb, but when the lights go out, you shouldn’t need to call an electrician to fix the problem.

We’ve reached a point where people need to re-educate and learn new basics, if not for themselves, but for the benefit of their co-workers. Imagine an office where the same number of people that understand Microsoft Word understood basic HTML and Photoshop. That would be one high functioning workspace.

It’s the ancillary knowledge gained when developing these skills that we’re really after. Suddenly the things you see online become demystified and your ability to foresee greater possibilities and problem solve increases exponentially. All companies no matter the industry, profession or trade interact with the web in some capacity – whether as a utility, a distribution channel or communications platform. Giving context to these channels and platforms on a wider scale is long overdue.

You didn’t sidestep learning Microsoft Word because you weren’t a writer. So why sidestep the fundamentals of the web because you’re not a designer or programmer? After all, learning to type has turned out to be pretty handy.

Categories: Design, Industry Ramblings