Know the tools of your trade while you explore tangents, enhance your skills and ask questions.
Design is a humanist profession.
We live in a visual-first culture. However, tangibles should be graceful beyond their surface.
Look for umami.
Hyper reliance on renders is making us numb. Quick physical mockups are incredibly insightful while shaping things.
Always ask for material samples.
Make things work while they make you smile.