One of the things I find missing when I'm speaking to designers (especially those that didn't go to uni) is their knowledge of design history and styles of art/design from the past. I don't expect everyone to be an expert (I just barely know the basics) but its the little things that I assumed would be Design History 101 that graphic designers don't seem to know. An example of this is the ability to pick out work from specific period of time i.e. art-deco or the ability to pick out a certainly style by name i.e. Art Nouveau. Is it just me or is this not as important as I think it should be?