Leonardo Da Vinci would have had an Amazing UX Career

Leonardo Da Vinci would have had an Amazing UX Career

Leonardo Da Vinci self-portrait
Summary:

It’s unlikely we’ll ever see someone with such a masterful grasp of both art and technology as Leonardo Da Vinci.

But it’s not just his staggeringly diverse set of skills that made him shine. Da Vinci really knew how to sell himself …

Leonardo Da Vinci: I can’t speak for his people skills, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that it’s unlikely we’ll ever see someone with such a masterful grasp of both art and technology.

You probably know him as the painter of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and many other Renaissance masterpieces.

These accomplishments alone have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest painters of all time. But his curious, imaginative, prolific mind also led him to pursue excellence in sculpting, architecture, music, mathematics, engineering, inventing, anatomy, geology, cartography, botany, and writing.

Leonardo Da Vinci was perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

The Vitruvian Man (c. 1485) Accademia, Venice.
The Vitruvian Man (c. 1485) Accademia, Venice. Source: Wikipedia

And on top of all that, he wasn’t one to hide his light under a bushel. When you’re applying for a job, being able to articulate what you’re good at is just as important as being able to do it.

This is a man who really knew how to sell his skills—and it would have served his UX career well. Just check out this letter that he wrote around 1483 to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan (source: Letters of Note):

Tell me you wouldn’t hire this man.

How well do you sell yourself? What new feather could you add to your bow to improve your UX career?

Update: Matt Thomas published this exclusive interview with Leonardo Da Vinci, in which he reveals why he was so multi-disciplined, and gives tips to the designers of today. Brilliant.

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