24 comments

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Sorry, but I don’t see anything constructive here.

    I’ve never met a designer who wears a turtleneck. Even if it’s just a metaphor, it seems to be a weak one. What’s the actual point to be made? Surely anyone wanting to fit into a social group is going to start out by mimicking peers they look up to? I don’t see that as a bad thing.

    This TED talk comes to mind: Your body language shapes who you are, by Amy Cuddy

    Attacking someone who’s starting out feels wrong.

    There are occasional glimmers of hope in the form of decent work, but that work is overshadowed by homogeny.

    If you’re looking for a junior, then you should also be looking to nurture and develop their talent.

    I look at one portfolio and then another, seemingly identical, and wonder, “Which one isn’t an asshole?”

    The interview process is supposed to solve that.

    or “Who is going to cost less?”

    Is that your main concern? Good, fast, cheap. Pick two.

    Stop trying to find the perfect design process. There isn’t one. Every project is different; therefore every project requires a different approach, which means you need a different set of questions, tools, and people to solve the problem.

    This seems conflicting.

    By learning, reading and fine tuning your design process, surely you’re learning, reading and fine tuning which design process and tools to use for different problems?

    23 points
  • Jonathon HalliwellJonathon Halliwell, over 5 years ago

    Not surprised he can't find anyone to hire.

    10 points
  • Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, over 5 years ago

    I really agree that young designers do not produce enough work. The tips about sketching and working for stretches of time without internet surfing are good. I do all that stuff without thinking about it, but I feel like it could have been said in a less aggressive way. Ya know, like :" Here are some tips" vs. "You suck at this, do this now!"

    6 points
  • Charlie PrattCharlie Pratt, over 5 years ago

    Blah. Just another superiority complex on display here. God forbid we don't all fit into his archetype for what a designer should be. We're all just trying to make a living, after all.

    5 points
  • Kuldar Kalvik, over 5 years ago

    Amen

    4 points
    • Christopher DavisChristopher Davis, over 5 years ago

      I feel like he's making some pretty sweeping generalizations here. Rants like this aren't constructive to the community.

      10 points
      • Joe HowardJoe Howard, over 5 years ago

        I feel like he's making some pretty sweeping generalizations here.

        I thought that's what medium was for?

        9 points
      • John LockeJohn Locke, over 5 years ago

        I didn't feel like it was a rant so much as what he was experiencing as a Creative Director having to hire someone based on their portfolios. There are a lot of good points in this article, not the least of which is don't be afraid to make your own decisions or think for yourself.

        2 points
  • Allan Grinshtein, over 5 years ago

    Agree with the sentiment here. I'm happy to see that this story is generating the kind of response I was expecting from DN.

    4 points
  • Mathieu MayerMathieu Mayer, over 5 years ago

    Spot-on. I know a few specimens. We all know a few specimens.

    There's a little bit of me in this article as well. I think, with all this content around us, it's becoming hard to focus on our work at 100%.

    Designer News is, de facto, not really helping my case. Great content, solid community but hence, spend too much of my freaking time clicking on links and rethinking every damn website with my colleagues. Must. Stop.

    4 points
  • Nick CurryNick Curry, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    A lot of people complain about the lack of originality in design nowadays, but it takes courage to do something completely different.

    It would have been nice to see examples of originality, rather than just a rant. Looking at Radius' home page, I don't see much practice of what is being preached in the article.

    4 points
    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 5 years ago

      A lot of people complain about the lack of originality in design nowadays, but it takes courage to do something completely different.

      And also because sometimes the best solution is one that’s been done before.

      5 points
  • Jakub ŚwiadekJakub Świadek, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Fist eggplant

    3 points
  • Erik LevitchErik Levitch, over 5 years ago

    Oh design, I do hate you sometimes.

    2 points
  • Brian HarperBrian Harper, over 5 years ago

    I think most designers (young and old) see the plethora of great blog posts, magazines, books, and discussions about design published every day and think, "The answers to all my questions are out there, I just have to find them." So finding those answers becomes higher priority than producing work. Because if you do something that goes against what Design Deity No. 11 just ranted about last week, you'd look like a fool.

    So it's really about getting over that fear of creating and sharing stuff, and Merlin Mann (Internet Deity No. 27) wrote about it best.

    2 points
  • Lloyd WonderLloyd Wonder, over 5 years ago

    This tends to go against the wisdom of 'fake it til you make it'. I'm sure there have been plenty of people pretending to be designers until they actually started producing great work. And there are people who stay at the middle of the road, middle of the pack their whole career.

    There are probably plenty of people who talk design who don't end up doing shit but hey, that's not a problem that computers have brought upon the world as posited by the metaphor. He does have a point there, though.

    People probably do need to work more than they surf the internet but if someone just learning or is continuing to learn needs a bit more insight, then why stop them? If they're wasting their time, then sure. Again, that point holds a bit of weight.

    To address the part about his hiring practices. Sometimes what's different, bold and radical aren't the things that get you hired. Most people are aware of that and that's probably just what most people are looking to do so they can stop feel like they're pretending and actually do real work.

    Medium articles tend to have a tone problem. I assume it's mostly because they're starting off on an offensive. I've only read one that I liked in the past couple of months and the topic was almost similar.

    2 points
  • Charlie PrattCharlie Pratt, over 5 years ago

    It should be said that this guy works for a lead-generation marketing company. http://radius.com

    2 points
  • Jordan GadapeeJordan Gadapee, over 5 years ago

    I'm happy to know that the irony of the post wasn't lost on everyone (it's my turtleneck in the photo after all). Also, it's nice to see that a few of the nuggets resonate with some, while others feel that their work is worth standing up for and defending.

    2 points
  • Eugene RossEugene Ross, over 5 years ago

    Way to bash the trend followers to the ground there. Thanks for writing the article though, I'll get back to work just as soon as I finish designing this...oh wait I'm back on Medium realizing how unproductive I am.

    1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 5 years ago

    the hell does this have to do with design?

    1 point
  • Joshua SortinoJoshua Sortino, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    "I look at one portfolio and then another, seemingly identical, and wonder, 'Which one isn’t an asshole?"

    Different isn't necessarily better. Designing with best practices is better than being different (and less usable) for the sake of standing out.

    1 point