Design, Engineering & Rants - a new thread [General]
24 Aug 2010 - 3:15pm
2 years ago
I can appreciate many of the views shared here. My last post about Engineering IS Design IS Engineering was meant to prompt discussion. It did a little bit. My overall take on this subject is that we are in need of some serious stepping back and re-evaluation of all the disciplines. Take the Stanford site is an interesting case study. They don't help the world by having a design program named, of all things Design. What kind? What department? Graphic, Industrial, Product, ME. Leaving aside the fact that they use the term Thought Leader (just spit up a bit in my mouth by writing that—it’s got to be one of the most selfserving phrases I’ve ever hear), they can’t even code up a site correctly, or adhere to a grid… at least not on FireFox 3.6.
The IxDA group here doesn’t make distinctions between the broad categories of Graphic, Industrial, Product either when 90 of the jobs and topics seem to be around Web and Software issues these days. Am I missing something when it comes to segmenting the discussions? May I make a usability suggestion here: Let’s Label our posts with topic items as in other lists and groups with these tags in the subject lines. [Web], [Mobile], [Industrial], [Product], [ME], [General] etc. I don’t know, I am just trying to solve a perceived problem. E.g. When we have discussions about design –v- engineering it helps to know what context(wow, now there’s a loaded term!). I sensed that many here are coming from big corporate backgrounds with large departments, yet my context is a one man web/interactive shop.
How can we nudge these discussions into channels where we have some idea of the context? Thanks Rich
PS OK, I just noticed that there are tags that can be applied to the threads when they are created. However, who every see these except the person who wrote the first note? I don't. I go to the link in the email I get and it goes to the end of the thread. Context lost.