ONE OF THE WAYS I measure the quality of a design is to see if the person in charge is a bit uneasy with it. If that person has some design savvy, I figure that it must be something a bit new and daring. If the boss suffers from design brain death, well…then I figure it’s a design that’s sure to appeal to most others.
So, I encourage you to create—at least every now and then—a design that’s gonna make the boss uneasy.
If nothing else, you’ll derive some small (and perhaps sadistic) pleasure from watching the boss squirm.