I have a BFA in sculpture but Iâ€™ve always been more drawn to the applied arts rather than fine art intellectualism. Unfortunately, only recently have I discovered ID. Core77 has been a valuable resource for me. I started learning ID skill sets in my free time on the weekends, but I just feel like I’m spinning my wheels.
So, recently I called an owner of an Industrial design firm to explore the idea of pursuing a design career. I asked him what lead him to design and listened to his story. After talking to him he told me I sounded like more of an artist and suggested that I maybe look for a job as an in-house model maker. I liked the model maker idea but donâ€™t understand his separation of artist from designer. Besides motivation and training are there really such clear separations of personality types? Because there seems to be some overlap.
I fantasize about going back to study ID at a school like UC, but the question I keep asking myself is where I fit? What makes a designer is it school, personality, experience?
I think it is more who you are. A designer makes a more public but more anonymous impact. To design objects that people love and use everyday, to be discontent with the things around you, to want to make things better in a small way… sometimes this can be very artistic. All watches tell times as their base function, but their are millions of aesthetic variations on that function.
Aside from perhaps a few of the “rock star designers”, for the most of us, design is not about “I”, but about “them” (the user). An artist, almost by definition, is expressing a personal thought, concept, or emotion.
it’s not that there isn’t room for personalities to show through in design (what i might find as a solution and you would find would invariably be different), but in general, the designer is tasked with finding a solution to a problem so should set their own perferences aside to some extent and put the themselves in the perspective of the user.
Not a really clear distinction, perhaps, but something I have found when interviewing different types of designers from art vs. more eng based schools.
That being said, I think this is something that can be learned and taught and isnt as the person you spoke to suggested, something that is necessarily inate in a personality.
I, for one was in a special fine arts based school in high school, but went into ID, and now footwear design.