Yesterday, here on DN, a link to the new Design Disruptors trailer was posted. It sparked in me a pretty visceral reaction, not too dissimilar to when Eli sees a non-skeumorphic icon.
I felt somewhat irritated by the self-righteous tone it took, as it felt to me like the humble nature of design was being unnecessarily usurped by individuals who viewed their job as being akin to changing the world.
I wrote a strong reaction which sparked two very different comments.
The first compared it to celebrity culture – observing that we were as guilty of putting our design heroes on the same pedestal as Kim Kardashian.
The second, simply gave me a link to this talk by Wilson Miner.
Whilst I disagree wholly with the first sentiment – and feel that it slightly missed the point I was trying to get at – I found it difficult to disagree with the second.
Wilson Miner speaks of the responsibility and impact Designers can have, and the legacy their work can leave. Now, that's all well and good when you're Jony Ive or Adrien Philippe, but most people aren't.
However, what did resonate with me, was the all consuming passion and belief he had in his own role. It seems that in order to truly make a difference, you need to have this belief in the purpose of Design, and your position within it.
So, to you – has Design "jumped the shark", and will the bubble burst, or are we on the cusp of something greater? Do we need to get over ourselves, or do we need to stand up and take credit? Or is it somewhere in between?
I feel like this is a conversation which is bubbling up around the edges of our community and wanted your thoughts.