> I definitely take exception to this statement on two fronts. First, visual > design is NOT subjective -- unless it's decoration, in which case it's not > design. Design as a discipline and a grand tradition, is unimpeachably a > practice of analytical problem solving.
And the line between the two is...where?
I think it's dangerous for a designer, or anyone for that matter, to
assume uncritically in "grand traditions", as if those traditions hadn't
been formed through misunderstandings, selective histoy-writing, cults
of personality, or simply to get a higher billing rate.
"designer as analyst" is no more and no less correct a characterization
than that of the "lone genius penniless artist, locked away in a
garret." It's a historical construct, and a limited stereotype.