Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Unrecognized Designer

It has come to my attention that the ever-growing and fascinating world of graphic and web design has hit a wall. That wall comes in the form of the old-fashioned, “My art is not for critique!” fanatics. These people, how ever skilled, talented, and experienced they may be lack one thing when it comes to graphic and web design and that is: knowledge.
Graphic and web design have merged into a very useful and well-known field in the past decade; new program and technology upgrades have brought the vast world of electronic art and advertising to a whole new level. Designers are usually trained in 2 to 6 years of college education therefore earning themselves a very useful degree and a plan for their future. One might think that this would make them very qualified to work for a firm. The problem is: when a designer tries to work for a traditional artist instead of a firm they are held back by the fact that the artist does not believe that anything done in art is wrong. This, unfortunately means that their degree and hard work mean nothing. Like most things that take time and patience to learn, graphic and web design use a specific technique, and yes, you can do it wrong. What artists have been taught to believe is that art is an expression of your inner self. Though I thoroughly agree with this statement, I also agree that in order to make sure that certain designs are read and seen properly there is a certain way to do things.
I, myself have little knowledge in this field, but I am quite familiar with other designers' work. The designers I am pleased to say I know are very talented both in the fine and digital arts, but they all agree that while your design can be an expression of one’s ‘inner self’ it also has to be done a certain way so it doesn’t look sloppy and unprofessional. It's not snobbery, mind you, it's just fact.

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