Today, Seth had an interesting post about design that hit close to home. Check it out if you haven't read it.
Here is what I agree with:
- Having "beautiful powerpoint slides, handsome business cards, clever bio photos and a decent website" is really important.*
- If you hold meetings, you should learn how to make a good PowerPoint.
- Someone who is trying to figure out how to design a good PowerPoint presentation will never be a gifted or breakthrough designer.
*If you're not a designer, you can't make them good enough. You can get yourself taken seriously in a presentation, but that's about it (and that's if you're lucky).
Here is why I disagree:
- He says it takes less talent now to be a good designer. I don't even know what this means. How could it take less talent to be a good designer? Because it's easy to find something you like online and rip it off?
- Seth is perpetuating the popular notion that mediocre design is "good enough." Sure, it's good enough if you don't want to be taken seriously. Most professional designers won't even design their own logos because of the challenges.
- Great design is based in great research, education and a great eye. You can learn formulas from a book, but you can't learn how to be an artist.
- What is "breakthrough?" Does that mean better than mediocre? I guess. We all have different levels of what is "good enough," so maybe we should leave it to the professionals to decide.
I'm annoyed. The end.