Gabriel Valdivia was interviewed on the latest episode of Design Details, hosted by Bryn Jackson and Brian Lovin. Gabriel is a designer at Facebook and they touch on a lot of aspects of design.
They talk about whether taste can be learned or if it’s innate. Around 29:30:
I do think you can learn by osmosis. Learn by doing. There’s a certain degree of taste, but there are certain things you can do to kind of inspire taste within you. I don’t think there are people that just shouldn’t be doing design.
I really, really like that. It always seemed like “taste is innate” implies “you can’t improve with practice” to some degree. That just doesn’t make sense.