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Lack of Interest or just Oblivious?

Billions of people wonder this earth every day. They are exposed to hundreds of thousands of products, type, logos and art. Most of them don’t even stop to wonder where these things come from, or even how hard it is to create such wonderful art. Is it a lack of interest, or is it that most people are just oblivious to things around them? After studying the art of Graphic Design for the past four years, I have seen and experienced what it takes to make such products. The hours, days, sweat and exhaustion are just the beginning. Followed by revisions, and final revisions and anything needed in between. It has come to my attention that what we do as designers may be seen by millions, but the saddening fact about it is that many people only see what we do by the product we represent and not by the designer or the design team that made that product possible. It seems that people take what we do for granted, almost like expectations that comes with new products now a days. Am I the only one that feels this way or was this something that all designers knew before even beginning their studies? It just seems that what we do has no sense of outside satisfaction or gratification that comes with the job, and that most of the work we do will just be ignored by the masses.

Please express your feelings and concerns.


  1. Tlytle wrote:

    It’s a saddening thought but I believe it to be true. One issue that comes to mind is that the general public doesn’t know what we do as graphic designers. I think this goes hand in hand with the problem of them taking it for granted.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 4:58 am | Permalink
  2. BrittanyHill wrote:

    I agree with you to an extent. However, it was not until I actually took a design course before I really appreciated good designs. I was always interested in graphic design, but it was not until after my freshman year that I actually started to pay attention to all the different designs around me. You can’t really blame people for their lack of knowledge, but you can strive to make your work make them stop and stare.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
  3. Matt Tirre wrote:

    Its just the same as the movie industry. When you watch a good movie you don’t think about the people holding the boom mics or running cables back and forth all day, or the guys drawing up storyboards, or the thousands of man hours behind its production.

    This is true of all sorts of things, like city planning and engineering. When you sit in your car you probably don’t think about who designed the interior layout, or the person who picked the fabric of the seat.

    Very few people really get credit for what they do (and what others help them do). If you want to be famous or get credit for everything, be a movie star or an athlete. But if you really have a passion for art and design, then that should be enough. Take pride in your work!

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  4. angechilada wrote:

    “Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.”
    — Joe Sparano

    My favorite designs are the ones that are done so well that you don’t even realize that they were designed. I don’t know if this makes any sense to others, but it’s like when I was researching a graphic designer who designed the current Motorola logo. It’s so ubiquitous that you don’t even think about the process that went into it; it just EXISTS.

    And I think that is pretty awesome.

    Friday, September 24, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink