Do this long enough, and you learn a few things. Teach it to others and you learn even more. Recently, I've given several presentations examining the value we produce and affect as designers.
To build our best products we need to build out from the actual value they provide, as early as possible. Understanding true value requires observing real behavior, which requires we build design experiments that feel like real things. FRONT Product Design Conference, 2015
As designers, what is the true value we provide? In what ways can we increase it and how can we best capture what we create? IxDA Salt Lake City, 2014