Who are you as a designer? How do you work? What should people know about you? If you have ever interviewed to work as a designer, you can recall the interview prep you did. You probably spent time on a presentation deck and defined your design process. You may even have illustrated your strengths and values as a designer.
My guess is that for most of us, the things we said were learned from school, articles, former jobs and other experiences, but they were not actually our own views — and do not paint an accurate picture of who we are. Assuming safety and inclusion are possible in your workplace, and if it is your goal to have authentic and fulfilling relationships with others, you need to be able to say who you are.
I recommend creating a designer profile so you can build self-awareness and self-ownership. You can share this profile with anyone you have a meaningful work relationship with. Doing so allows them — and you — to know what to expect from you.
Start by describing what you do and what you are passionate about in your career. Next, talk about the things that make you happy during the work day. Try defining some things that delight you about design, your job or your life in general. Explain your personal mission and what drives you.
Paint a picture of your working style, your process and your style of learning. Describe your impact on your teams and colleagues, and talk about why others enjoy working with you. Summarize the work projects and passion projects you’ve loved, those you’re working on currently and those you hope to take on in the future.
Finally, specify your communication style and call out the improvements you’re working on making. I’m still evolving my own designer profile and consider it a flexible exercise. In fact, I frequently revisit it because I copy and paste certain parts when I introduce myself to new teammates. Sharing the entire thing all at once feels a little vulnerable to me, but it’s linked in my internal profile, should anyone care to read it.