Humble pie.
Posted in design,random by Mark on the April 16th, 2009

I came across the rather wonderful piece by Adrian Shaughnessy on design paradoxes over on Design Observer. (One of my favourite authors on design, yes sometimes I look at more than the pretty pictures.)

And on reading these 10 (11 actually) points I found myself guilty of one or two of them, I’d blame a few of these hiccups on stress and pressure, and thankfully I’ve never actually used some of these statements on clients, but I’ve more than once made the “doctor’s aren’t questioned, why are designer’s opinions so disrespected?” case amongst friends. Apparently my comparison was out of date, in the day where Google and Wikipedia reign supreme, doctors are indeed challenged every day by people who think they know better. In fact my gran pre-dated the internet with her belief that all doctors know less than her, so it was a bit blinkered of me to really presume no one questions a doctor.

So, humble pie really. I think I came through the list relatively unscathed, and in the areas I didn’t well, shall just have to do better. Tut tut.

Number eleven of the ten points (yes) was lovely to read just because it’s nice to see it confirmed.

11. When a client says the words — “you have complete creative freedom,” they never mean complete creative freedom. Whatever you show them, they will find a problem with. Happens every time.

DO – 10 Design Paradoxes

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