In Defense of Design Thinking, Which Is Terrible(subtraction.com)

4 years ago from Khoi Vinh, Subtraction.com, Principal Designer at Adobe

  • John PJohn P, 4 years ago

    Accountants want accounting to be an exclusive domain. They want its processes to be mysterious

    Why the hell must I hear people complaining about this time and time again yet never hear

    Accountants want accounting to be an exclusive domain. They want its processes to be mysterious

    Lawyer want law to be an exclusive domain. They want its processes to be mysterious

    Developers want development to be an exclusive domain. They want its processes to be mysterious

    Dentists want dentistry to be an exclusive domain. They want its processes to be mysterious

    Plumbers want plumbing to be an exclusive domain. They want its processes to be mysterious

    Why is design always the free for all that OH ANYONE IN THE COMPANY CAN DO THAT yet every other job in the company is a protected domain.

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    • Derek Nguyen, 4 years ago

      I think the issue is not so black and white though. Practicing law, accounting, dentistry or plumbing are jobs with large knowledge foundation that is based on science and facts. It is beneficial to hold practitioners of those field to a standard because their mistakes can be catastrophic.

      I think for the most of us the worst damage we could do is ruining someone's day. If we really suck, we might harm the company we work for a bit, but that's what hiring process & performance valuation are for. If I need a plumber, I surely won't ask for their portfolio & resume. I will look for the nearest person with the most reasonable price and good enough reviews.

      On the other hand, it's not that hard to imagine what kind of questions will appear in the bar exam. It surely won't start with 'Design a site that...' How are we going to judge the quality of a designer? What kind of standard will we be looking for? Who's gonna be the judge? It is all very subjective. If there are ever a license system for designers, it surely won't be about actual design work.

      The talk here is not so much about licensing or not though, I believe the point is that it is more beneficial to us designers when our clients, co-workers and family members understand enough about design that they can communicate with us using our vocabulary, and I wholeheartedly agree with that - it doesn't necessary mean that everyone is a designer.

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      • Khoi Vinh, 4 years ago

        it doesn't necessary mean that everyone is a designer.

        That's exactly right Derek. What I'm arguing is that not everyone is an engineer, yet everyone is now steeped in the language of engineering, with the end result being that the discipline has become incredibly influential. The same can happen for design.

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    • Khoi Vinh, 4 years ago

      @John P. You raise a very good point. It's clear that one of the legitimate frustrations that designers have long experienced is that a lot of people seem to think that what we do is easy and that they can do it too. In a professional environment that can be quite destructive; I've seen it. Meanwhile, few people assume that they can do the work that engineers do.

      I'll have to think about that point more. I do believe that, despite that danger, the relative openness of design as a discipline is a feature, not a bug. That characteristic has led countless people who weren't traditionally trained to learn design and become designers. I think that's a good thing because it's a built-in advantage for us in terms of leading the way in diversity (we just need to leverage it more).

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