What does design mean to you?
Design to me means problem solving. Design is function before aesthetic.
Whilst design can be aesthetically pleasing, it must reflect the solution to a problem for the given target audience. It should never be about what you find personally appealing.
What being a designer means to me:
1. Collaborating with others
Collaborating with others or co-creation gives me the opportunity to work in teams of people with different points of view. I believe that having different points of view are extremely important to creating a solution to a problem. A personal one-sided view does not factor others and their experiences; it is filled with assumptions and bias.
2. Challenging my views
Growing up I became accustomed to taking every word written in a school textbook literally. I struggled to define my own views and ask questions. Being a designer gives me the opportunity to research, analyse and develop an opinion, whilst learning about other views. It challenges the way that I perceive the world.
3. Killing my babies
Through collaborating with others, or finding evidence (whether qualitative or quantitative) I learn that my "babies" do not works for others. My babies are simply my "inner artist" having a tantrum, and wanting complete control over a solution. Whilst at times I may feel uncomfortable not being in control, it is rewarding to see a succinct solution created from collaborating with others. Go teamwork!
What does design mean to you, and what does being a designer mean to you?
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