By no stretch of the imagination would I call myself a designer! But, I’ve been around lots of good designers to understand what good design is and how it can affect the way how spectators and consumers appreciate it.
Maybe I’m just being a bit too modest in saying this because in the past people have actually paid me to design stuff for them. I’m credited with designing record covers, posters, postcards, booklets, T-shirts, websites – including this one 1 – and other creative stuff. Yet, still, I don’t class myself as a designer!
I suppose the reason why I don’t class myself as a designer is because I cannot draw that well so the basis of my design is usually based around photography. I’m much better if an illustrator produce the artwork and apply my technical, creative flair to it.
The thing which has settled the most in my mind is the definition of design I got when I studied photography at Kitson College in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England all those years ago. Simply put my lecturer outlined that design was “problem solving.”
That actually sums up my approach to design: all I do when I design anything is try to solve a problem!
It may not be very creative but it sure gets the job done.Footnotes
- This is the sketch I made before designing this website. It all began as an idea on a piece of napkin and became real when I sat down to execute the design idea!