This guy sounds like he had a bad experience with a (bad) designer at some point.
The article, which could have been an interesting opinion piece, sounds bitter and generalises to a ridiculous extent.
Yes, you. Yes, YOU! Designer. You. You don’t know everything.
For a creative director and 'design scout', I don't think he realises what design really is—its big picture stuff as well as what colour the pixels should be.
^ My thoughts exactly. Or he's actually less cluleless than the article makes him sound and was just trying to be 'provocative' to plug his webshop via medium.
I think that would lead me to have even less respect for him.
Such a dumb article, seriously.
"Design is subjective"
No it's not. Thinking something looks good or not is subjective. Liking a design or not is subjective. But the mechanics and skill behind design is not subjective. Having a huge text paragraph with a line height of 0.5 is not good design - fact, not opinion.
The author of this article seems to be venting his frustration at not understanding the different decisions a designer makes on a daily basis.
A lot of really good points that got lost in a lot of over-the-top, borderline-shaming rhetoric.
It also sounded like he was writing it with a specific person in mind… so I feel bad for whomever that is.
Funny, but opinions aren't facts.
You cannot defend a scientific work unless your work accomplishes the scientific method perfectly. You can't defend a design that wasn't made under these conditions and methods. You can argue anything, I can mark every case as a fallacy and I don't need to specify why. It doesn't matter if you later had reason, it was a coincidence.
You can only defend results, statistics, trends that were deeply digested and analyzed. You cannot defend a design work because you either will end up appealing to experience, authority, ad hominem, logic, consequence and other kind of fallacies that everyone uses.
The only way to defend is just demonstrating that your design worked better and gave real results than their shitty and pointless opinions.
I can't believe one of the Fab founders, who also apparently runs a design consultancy, has such a screwed up, negative attitude about working with designers.
Not to mention most of his observations simply don't have anything to do with reality.