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

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

  • 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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