Joshua Taylor presents an interesting case for designers learning business. I was talking about this the other day with a friend, about how it is a shame that every college, or high school, student isn’t required to learn basic accounting and business principles. It’s the foundation of most societies and helps everyone at any level. Accounting helps you with your personal finances, and general business will help you make money in life — no matter what path you take to making money.
However, in this instance, I’m not sure it is about designers understanding business as much as it is about them understanding what they are trying to do. Design isn’t just visuals, it’s broader problem solving. You can give a beautiful answer without understanding the problem, but only give a great answer when you fully understand the problem.