Watch a Sales team put together their own Powerpoint deck and you'll know the answer is "no".
Like porn, I know design when I see it.
Not quite... not quite.
An interesting (forgive any paraphrasing) from Bill Buxton that reminded me of this thread:
"If everyone is a designer because they select their own clothes, then everyone is also a mathematician, because we all count our change."
I love it. You should post this as the MOTD on DN.
This conversation has been happening for years and it's frustrating.
It's especially frustrating for those of us who didn't go to design school proper, but have found ourselves in this industry and feel like we've earned the right to call ourselves designers. I make decent looking mocks, but they're crap compared to a dedicated visual/graphic/UI designer, but I have a enough self-awareness to call myself out on that.
I do a lot of work in healthcare design, finance, and other overly complicated fields and I've seen first hand that design is way more than what it looks like. I also have the benefit of working on a team with dedicated designers that make my work less ugly.
I fought to be considered a designer... even have it in my job title now. I kind of want to say fuck it and just identify as an engineer (which I am formally trained in) and stop with the nonsense of this debate.
Design is not about "pixels" and fancy terms. It's not about tools or apps either.
It's (the way I see it) about putting our brains into motion in order to solve a problem and/or to create.
ps: I have been having this discussion (on what a Designer or Design is) for eons. A wise man should come with a "standard" definition so that we mortals can get some peace at last:)
seems pretty clear to me :/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design
double post, sorry