Everyone looks at things but very few people see effectively. Designers must be able to see. Seeing means a trained super-awarness of visual codes like shape, colour, texture, pattern and contrast. These codes make a language of vision, much as words are building blocks for verbal language.
As we get more technically driven, the importance of people becomes more than it's ever been before. You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience.
Having done a lot of magazines, I'm very curious how big magazines handle big stories, and I was very curious to see how 'Time' and 'Newsweek' would handle 9/11. And I was basically pretty disappointed to see that they had chosen to show the photo we'd already seen a million times, which was basically the moment of impact.