Ask DN: What makes a Designer become jaded?

almost 7 years ago from Jonathan Shariat, Designer @ Google | Author @ O'Reilly | Podcaster @ DesignReview

  • Mark FenskeMark Fenske, almost 7 years ago

    I worked closely with the design team at my old job as a Front End Developer and the Design team lead was particularly jaded, cynical and downright lazy with the designs we would get back from him.

    I would suspect that there's a ton of reasons that make a designer jaded, but from my experience, I would say it usually boils down to the employer/client. With this company in particular, it was a website mill, churning out sites as fast as they could sell them. The owner had a particular phrase he'd tell the designers which was to "McDonaldize" the sites. So not only did the designers have to listen to the store owners terrible design suggestions for hours between calls and emails, but they also weren't given any real chance to create because it was forced down their throats that they need to stamp these things out as fast as they possibly can. With such a creative stifling environment, I can imagine why they just stopped giving a crap.

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    • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, almost 7 years ago

      Yeah that will do it. :(

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      • Mark FenskeMark Fenske, almost 7 years ago

        Yeah, unsurprisingly, a lot of those guys (and others like myself) all left that company. The lead designer I was specifically talking about in that post was actually one of the first employees in the company which ended up growing to be a multi-million dollar revenue business and making it to the Inc 500. Even with all the years he was there, he ended up quitting about 6 months after I left. He left to go be the lead designer at a smaller boutique web development company and I ended up moving to another country to join a startup tech company called Desygner.

        I get that work is work and it can be hard to find, but as a designer, I think its absolutely vital to not get stuck with a company that actually views creativity as a negative.

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