Fitting to the T

The article “Fitting to the T,”  gives beneficial and insightful advice to not only designers, but any professional.  The author describes what is called the “T” employee.  This is a person who has a lot of depth and knowledge in one particular area, but also has skills and interests that can translate across a variety of fields.  In this case the employee is an IT worker, where they may be very good at mobile applications, but also know about IT security, data analysis, programming, etc.

A lot of big-name people were just such “T” workers, Leonardo daVinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Sir Isaac Newton.  They had a rich background in various disciplines, art, science, etc, but expanded that to cross many subjects and ultimately make a significant difference in the world.  Other more modern people mentioned in the article include Steve Jobs and Martha Stewart.  Again, not geniuses in one aspect of their particular market, but those whose interests and ideals spread across many other avenues.  The key to all these people, they let their curiosity push them past one specific box and were able to apply their area of expertise to other topics.

Overall, the best advice Carol Howard and Greg Chansler give to all young professionals is in whatever field you are in, never stop learning.

Howard, C., & Chansler, G. (2015, February 9). Fitting to the T. Retrieved March 3, 2015, from


2 thoughts on “Fitting to the T

  1. Good article. I have always felt that our degree is like permission to stick our noises in everything and I think that is the best part. My favorite quote on the matter is “If it looks interesting, do it”.


  2. I am glad you chose this article and Christine is right – use your platform of IAPD and be curious! All of the people you mentioned were/are major innovators, asked lots of questions, built careers or brands around their strengths, and never stopped learning. The key is to look outside of our field of design and explore opportunities in the sciences, technology, history, etc. If you can take this approach to your career, you will go far and also make yourself an asset to any employer.


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