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March 04, 2008


Eric Karjaluoto

Hi Lisa,

I think it all comes down to how differently people engage in design. While some are more on the production end, others are on a planning level. I think many of these parties struggle with describing what they do.

Additionally, the whole thing is shifting so much. It used to be that a graphic designer had a pretty clearly defined role. Now though, it's much harder to pin down.



David Airey

Hello Lisa,

My blog covers a lot of bases, so from time-to-time there's going to be a blog post some readers might prefer to overlook. From my perspective, if someone asks what graphic design is, I'd much rather point them towards a resource on my own website than on another.

It's a balance I need to decide upon, and I guess I can't please everyone.

Still, I appreciate your comment, and your visits to my site. I hope all's well with you.

Catherine Morley

Hey Lisa,

You are forgetting an important element in the equation.

Designers can't even agree on what they desire to be called - graphic designers, communication designers, visual communication designers - so, with this in mind, isn't it logical to constantly revisit and redefine what we do?

So maybe, just maybe, it has nothing to do with educating our clients, but ... ourselves?

Catherine Morley

Addressing the individual points you made... (although I can't speak for Taschen).

Although for you it might have been timely, I took Veerle's "What is Graphic Design" poster contest as a celebration of who we are. Not as a 'defining moment' type of aim.

For Eric's post, it was an elaborated version of "we create more than just pretty pictures". And well written, I might add (hi Eric! ;-).

"I don't think for instance construction workers, architects, concert pianists, musicians etc... regularly define their jobs or their career roles. What makes art and design different? What say you?"

Well, except for construction workers, the arts mentioned do gather in groups to discuss the minute details of what makes up their individual professions.

Yup, they be blogging.

I don't know of any blogging concert pianists personally, but musicians and architects abound on the web. As do lawyers and doctors, etc...

All chatting, discussing, defining what they do.

Designers might have been one of the first professions to take up the passion of blogging, but we are no longer alone.

There be company :-D

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