Ask DN: What's your purpose as a designer?

9 years ago from , Creative Director @ BoomTown

Designers tend to have a grandiose plan for what they want to impact in their life or industry. What is your design purpose and what do you hope to influence, change & create?


  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    I want to create things people can't imagine living without.

    It doesn't have to be anything big or complicated, it can be a tiny thing that makes a big difference. Probably why I'm obsessed with making the perfect bus arrival prediction app?

    But it could be something enormously complex that makes the simple even simpler. Take Siri - I use it to set a timer when I'm doing laundry and that's about it. Complex system shaves 3 seconds of my least favorite chore and I can't imagine living without that!

    7 points
  • Eduardo HigaredaEduardo Higareda, 9 years ago

    For a while I had the purpose of create things which can impact the world and impress other designers. Be accepted by them. but for now I only want change my context, I mean, if I can make the local coffee shop sells more than a Starbucks, or if I can make a pretty and readable book for a kid, or the bussiness cards for my father. I'll be happy.

    Today I focus in the little big details which can make a difference in my context.

    3 points
    • Chad Engle, 9 years ago

      A lot of people forget the little details and that's what separates from the good from the great...

      1 point
  • Des DevDes Dev, 9 years ago

    Make something that I can be truly proud of.

    2 points
    • Chad Engle, 9 years ago

      I really like that - short, simple & only gets graded on your internal scale.

      0 points
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    Ridding the world of shitty ux one interface at a time.

    2 points
  • Ben MildrenBen Mildren, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    Seeing as I'm still in my 'learning' phase, I'm just trying to give back to this wonderful community which has helped me immensely. I wouldn't be able to design/make websites without the free help I've recieved, so I'm trying to give back and help others

    1 point
  • Miroslav BekyarovMiroslav Bekyarov, 9 years ago

    When I was starting as a designer I was doing it, because I enjoyed creating things. I'll admit that at one point of my career, the payment was what motivated me the most. I had no real purpose, I was just working for clients to make money.

    Now, after six years, things have changed, and my only purpose is creating an impact. I've discovered that working on products is way more meaningful than working on pointless client projects. I want to create amazing products, that improve people's lives and inspire other designers to do it also.

    1 point
  • Jung ParkJung Park, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    Make your client successful.

    1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 9 years ago

    i'm an in-house designer at a larger company, so my purpose is to combine various teams' political goals into a design that hopefully isn't a pile of crap.

    0 points
  • Ashley KolodziejAshley Kolodziej, 9 years ago

    I want to make someone feel something.

    0 points
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, 9 years ago

    Get shit done.

    0 points