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  • Jessica Lowry

    Totally agree 100% with just about everyone's comments.
    One of the things I've enjoyed most in working as a UX Designer is fleshing out the design requirements through workshops with a broad demographic. The more diverse the individuals the more interesting the end-result.
    This conversation reminds me of similar ideas about bloggers bringing an end to journalism as you know it.
    What I've observed is that traditionally resources were limited; and therefore, most people didn't have access to the tools which would enable them to work in a more creative capacity.
    Technology provides a dissimulation of tools; thereby, lowering the barrier for entry. So we have more people producing creative content, but that doesn't mean all of it is good it just means that there's more of it.
    Personally, I embrace the idea that we are all artists and designers. I think that's part of what makes us human. Perhaps we have different backgrounds, experiences and education, but if you study the evolution of art in society you will find that movements are founded by those who break away from convention. And typically it takes an outsider to disrupt convention and push the barriers.
    When I work as a UX Designer I'm not designing from my own genius, I'm designing from a collective genius. Every single contributor is a designer - I'm just the person who puts it all together.

  • Nicole Cardoza

    As communication shifts to be more digital and visual, people are increasingly required to have more design-oriented skills. Even a good Instagram post has to reflect some knowledge of photography. Not everyone's the greatest, nor are they searching to be the best, but our culture and the basis of socializing is helping people have a better understanding, appreciation, and knack for design.

  • Annie Wu

    Interesting article! Like Alessandra said, as long as you have the experience, the form it comes in (whether it's education or work/ apprenticeships) may not be that important. I think increasingly more people are calling themselves designers now that design thinking is taught in business schools and whatnot, but there will always be skills unique to the field of design.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    You bring up an interesting point Daylon. It's a question we all have about education- not just design. I still think education gives a person the experience necessary to start any career- but perhaps we just need apprenticeships/doing projects to get the experience.