Design Buzzwords: The Movie
In the world of design, there is no room for your ego, at least until you have made sure that your skill level is better than your competitors. Walking through their work is a very good idea because it will help you capture your true position in the market, which will make it possible to understand whether you can charge more than average market prices for your services. Talent and skills are not enough to become a good designer. And even more so, they are not enough to become a valuable web designer like top web design companies. If you decide to still become a professional, then you should heed some tips.
I love what I (we) do, it's a great industry and has some truly inspirational role models who are creating things which make me feel truly excited. It can be authentic, challenging and rewarding.
But I am under no illusion that what I do is anything more complex than what it is. I feel there is a real problem of taking ourselves too seriously; and this trailer highlights this perfectly.
I read an interview with Teehan, saying how he had no idea how moving something by 2px on Facebook could impact so many people's lives so greatly. Think about that for a moment.. it's just so trivial. Yet he's revered as some sort of god.
My friend works for a National Audit Programme for COPD, it's a cerebrally challenging logistical nightmare, whose entire purpose is to improve health care for other people. Yet she has to work twice as hard to get the same recognition. The same goes for my colleague's wife who is a nurse. Rinse and repeat. We are not in the same league as these people; we have to get over ourselves.
I don't doubt that some designers work their socks off, and that they are genuinely under pressure – but this superstar designer culture is about to jump the shark.
Thank you for taking the time to read my rant. Apologies if I have offended anyone, not my intention, just wanted to get that off my chest.
I think you're so spot on here.
Organisations like Facebook do have a massive impact on so many people's lives and it's a little more complex than a team of unicorns shifting a pixel or two but ultimately when I log into the app now, it's a medium for shifting ad space for shit t-shirts and a seemingly never ending list of memories they want me to re-share.
That's something repeated on ever decreasing scales across all these billion dollar apps these days. Many of which rise and fall so fast now it's hard to keep track.
Design is undoubtedly important in so many aspects of life but this industry certainly seems to be over-compensating to a degree for the lack of design focus in the past.
Agreed. I know people gave this doc a lot of slack for human diversity, but I hope it set it sights beyond just Silicon Valley. It's a big world and people are addressing a lot of interesting stuff beyond just trying to monetize photo galleries.
This is true of celebrity culture in general.
We celebrate and know the Kardashians more than we celebrate and know the scientists, engineers, educators, and others that actually make our lives better and our world work.
It's sad, but not unique to the design world.
This industry has become a joke. Praying for the bubble to burst.
I sat through the whole trailer. AMA
Wow, what's with all the cynicism? There really wasn't anything too pandery or untrue said in that trailer
Counterpoint: Design is Capitalism.
They certainly took the diversity critique to heart since the last trailer.
This "heroimage" makes absolutely no sense. Theres a seagull flying, close up of a shoe, some waves and of course gesticulating hands all over the place.
Probably won't watch it but I appreciate that InVision listened to the feedback on the first trailer and is featuring women and POC in the movie.
First impression, the type is really small.
I believe that “Julie Zhou” should be spelled “Julie Zhuo”
Didn't even make it through the trailer.
Sharp looking website and cool font treatment