No one likes to work with someone else who thinks they are smarter or better than everyone else (even if it’s true!). While “genius design” sounds cool (think, Steve Jobs) it can lead to one person (or group of people) demoralizing, devaluing, and demeaning others (think, Steve Jobs) all for their own goals or benefit.
Designers who believe they are better than others, end up not being good team players who no one would like to work with. This kills collaboration and can jeopardize your career and work projects.
Author’s note: I’ve worked at a few places where some designers thought they were better than others. There was always an aire of pretentiousness and judgement which caused others to be more competitive or fearful/doubtful. Psychological safety was an issue.
To be 100% honest, I too have fallen into the arrogance trap and thought myself as “special” (we, as a human condition, are constantly judging and comparing ourselves to others).
That being admitted, I don’t want readers to read this content without examining their own behaviors and attitudes. I recommend reading as it relates to YOU. Don’t let your mind wander and think about others – use the article to ponder your own progress. I believe, developing rock-solid humility and moving away from judgement takes time and maturity but can only happen with a laser focus on your own areas of improvement.