Design education

29 May 2005 - 11:29am
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kjnarey
2004

An interesting Design Council (UK) article on Michael Beirut

"Much of [design] is still down to natural ability. 'There's a dirty secret:
that
much of it is a God-given talent. As an instructor of design I come across
students that don't need help and others who can't be helped. It's an
accident
that kicks in at conception."

http://tinyurl.com/a9ygk

Kevin

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29 May 2005 - 12:59pm
Lada Gorlenko
2004

k> An interesting Design Council (UK) article on Michael Beirut

k> "Much of [design] is still down to natural ability. 'There's a
k> dirty secret: that much of it is a God-given talent. As an
k> instructor of design I come across students that don't need help
k> and others who can't be helped. It's an accident that kicks in at
k> conception."

k> http://tinyurl.com/a9ygk

Reading the article further:
"The best kind of client is the one who knows nothing and knows they
know nothing and will trust you to get on with it. The worst kind is
the extremely qualified client and competent manager who nevertheless
knows little about the subject."

Welcome of the world of the 21st century eugenics?
The only true designer is a designer with the right DNA and the best
client is a blissfully ignorant puppet. Oh yes, and great designers
don't improve past the age of 21, so if you are 35 and still think
there is room for professional growth, forgetaboutit dude, you've just
waisted a decade and a half of your life.

I wonder how much Sir Steve Redgrave* would value God-given talent
vs. pain of training and determination when asked about grounds of his
achievement. But forget about Olympians. The world needs designers:
good designers, capable designers, reliable designers -- and plenty of
them. We have too many products and ideas around us waiting for a
capable designer to look after them. So, what are supposed to do, if
it so happens that God didn't create enough geniuses who need no help?
Don't bring the designers inside those who may need help? Rely on the
mercy of chosen few and be their ideal clients?

I am sorry Michael didn't learn much in his formal education. But it
doesn't and shouldn't undermine the benefits of design education for
anyone who wants to succeed in the profession. Determination may not
be a God-given talent, but it's something worth considering, too.

Lada

[*] Sir Steve Redgrave - British rower and 5 times Olympic gold
medalist. Holds the title of Britain's greatest ever Olympian.

29 May 2005 - 3:12pm
Adrian Howard
2005

On 29 May 2005, at 17:29, kjnarey wrote:
[snip]
> "Much of [design] is still down to natural ability. 'There's a
> dirty secret: that much of it is a God-given talent. As an
> instructor of design I come across students that don't need help
> and others who can't be helped. It's an accident that kicks in at
> conception."
[snip]

In my experience you can replace "design" in that quote with pretty
much any profession - from potato picking to software development.

Adrian

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