• Clarke HyrneClarke Hyrne, over 3 years ago

    In addition to technical knowledge: Experience, learning, skill/talent, continued professional development in the field, mindset

    Anyone can do it. Not everyone should (like a lot of professions).

    And it's easy to have opinions about design since it's more visible/apparent than other things (Client: "No, Mrs. Engineer, this architecture should be MVVC, not MVP. And I want you to use functional programming.")

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    • John Doe, over 3 years ago

      Painting is also visual, but usually, people don't feel like they can do it better than the painter. They may like or dislike, but they don't give their opinion so usually about ways in which it could be better.

      When you're designing a website, for instance, there are always opinions concerning typefaces, specific elements, colors... there's always someone who thinks that he knows better than the designer, without recognizing any authority.

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      • Clarke HyrneClarke Hyrne, over 3 years ago

        I think it's because people are cultured/socialized to talk differently about art and about websites. Still, there are tons of people who talk about which things they like better or prefer, or "my kid could paint that", etc. And I bet if I asked my painter/illustrator friends, they'd have a few horror stories to share, too.

        Also, it's interesting that you keep using the word "authority." Authority is not something objective; it's a quality of the power relationship between 2+ parties.

        When you say "there's always someone who thinks he knows better than the designer," I'd say it's less that the designer doesn't have authority, but that there's something in the relationship preventing the other person from recognizing the designer's authority.

        Anyway, from my point of view (shaped by my own experience, usually in-house), our authority isn't final say/veto power, but more consultative or challenging.

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