I've been doing design for like near a decade starting very bottom. From correcting typos on price labels for a local supermarket I could able step up like 100 ladders to human interaction and creative design solutions. Do not consider that I'm degrading anything. But my preferred education and training was focused on communication regardless it's media.
Currently I'm in a "exclusive" labeled office, which would make most of people go wow.
The following paragraph might sound arrogant and that's the last thing I'd be look like. That's why I'm using a fake name. Not planning to give out my real name nor the place that I work right now. Just trying to objective. No ego clashes.
Every single place that I worked before have not been a challenge to me. It just took a few months to be the key figure in any office. Which I never planned to be. And also I don't want to be because design is not considered to be one man rambo show. I'm not an artist. I'm just a designer designing for living beings (or machines). After that, all the works been given out started just repeating itself every time. So I changed places.
I never got concerned with titles. I also just introduce my self as a designer instead of "senior group head of user experience designer etc etc..." I'm already recognised with my work. So why bother staying in a same office and sitting on the same desk for years?
Anyway, like I said, I'm in a "respectable" office and this place seems making me feel sorry for respecting their works.
Another painful thing is my location. I'm stepping up my 30's and I can't find any reason if any other country would want burnt out designer as a worker.
Maybe design is not for me. Constantly doing same shit, getting ignored because of "client" requests, ignoring water-cooler politics, dealing with trashy people with bloated egos. I've started to think -and probably you as well- I've been tricked design is something needed for humans. Not anymore. People who care about power (power = money) found a way to milk this niche ideology and currently design feels like a crippled old man who is living in a vegetative state.
That's how I feel right now about design. Please come and change my crushed enthusiasm on design. Like I said, I'm already experienced and probably this is not your typical "burnout" topic. So please, before posting "take a break, do side projects, run your own design studio" please delete them and let's have a constructive discussion on the current state of hyper consumable design.
edited typo and grammar mistakes.