• Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, over 1 year ago

    Look at the majority of products that doesn't have a professional designer or some design thinking involved and it becomes pretty apparent where their value lies.

    That said, designers can derive valuable input and inspiration from anything and anyone.

    Most folks can also catch a football but probably aren't going up for the draft.

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    • John Doe, over 1 year ago

      Easily, I also can tell apart designs that were made by designers from those that weren't, but what makes that difference?

      As you've said, most people can catch a football, but they don't even try to become professionals, because they are aware that they wouldn't be able to do it at an acceptable level.

      What happens with design is that most people (who are not designers) think they know better and quickly judge design decisions. Why are they (more often than not) wrong?

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      • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, over 1 year ago

        Well, aesthetic preference is a very personal thing just built into people and everyone makes design choices every day, for better or worse (i.e. fashion, jewelry, etc.) so it just happens to be a communal activity. But again, that doesn't discount what is arguably good fashion, or good fashion designers.

        So you filter out the signal and noise. Most feedback I receive from non-designers is actually very good, but knowing the difference between good and bad feedback is a skill any good designer should be able to utilize.

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        • John Doe, over 1 year ago

          It's interesting to think about design in such a general way, but in the same way that a fashion designer and a web designer practice very different jobs and wouldn't be able to replace each other, people who make small daily design choices don't know everything about communication design because of it.

          I am finding that patience and capacity to deal with feedback one of the better qualities that a designer can have. However, in some cases that I've experienced, especially in graphic design, the feedback isn't very helpful and just creates unnecessary obstacles in providing a good solution for their needs.

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      • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 1 year ago

        As if people don't judge athletes the same way.

        Ever spoken to any supporter, ever, of any sport, anywhere in the world, ever? :)

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        • John Doe, over 1 year ago

          Yeah, that's a great comparison, as everyone also thinks they know best what an athlete should or shouldn't do, without considering what's behind any decision they take. The main difference is that athletes are not competing for clients and don't have to justify their choices to supporters.

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