Every step in designing a product involves gathering data & feedback, requires communicating with various stakeholders, whether internal or external, and then acting upon the information. Research must be well-documented, design decisions well-explained, and flows, mockups & prototypes should be very clear; all of these tasks point to the ability to communicate effectively and concisely, because nobody wants to read overly-lengthy design documents! I have grown to appreciate the value of writing to improve my communication as a designer, so in 2017, my goal is to write more about topics of personal interest.