Design (with a capital D)
“Projects across mediums, genres, industries, you name it. No artificial limits on anything. Inventing things using whatever materials and means necessary.” is how Jonas Downey, a designer at BaseCamp, defines the task of a designer.
Rather than labeling ourselves as one specific designer, he believes we should skip the formality and simply denote our title as “designer”.
He offers a compelling look at how the industry has made it difficult for new comers or “even worse, the companies hiring”, to understand the type of positions they are trying to fill.
I can attest to the struggle of attempting to identify your abilities and skills with a single label. Over the years I’ve continued to use “Web/Graphic Designer” to convey my ability to work in print and digital mediums. But my day to day task involves a variety of tasks, simple to complex, that others may not have considered to be the job of a “Web/Graphic Designer”.
I appreciate the thought and reasoning behind Jonas’ idea of simply saying “Designer”.
-Caitlin S. Craighead
The Unnecessary Fragmentation of Design Jobs
Hey there, tech designer person. Have you noticed the increasing number of vague specializations we’ve invented for ourselves?