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Why does Design mean different things to different people?

August 25, 2011

I just had a Recruiter ask me for more Design examples within my work history.  I said it’s right there on my resume, and my LinkedIn profile.  He says, Where, all I see is Engineer?  I said you can be titled an Engineer, and still be a Designer.

Designers, and / or Engineers are very interchangeable, or one in the same, depending on the company, the product, and where along the development process you are.  Typically, one (the Engineer) is degreed, and the other (Designer) is not.  But, just because one has a degree does not grant them creativity, which is what every Designer must possess.

Designers provide form, fit and function, generate 3D models, select materials, provide coatings, create drawings, work with Suppliers, etc.

In today’s market, the term “Design” can refer to many things:

Web Design:  The process of transforming ideas into a working website, rich with SEO content, for your customers to consume.

Design:  Can be a noun or a verb; something “that is,” or something “that is about to be done.”

Design can be:  A process of creating a part or assembly, where we use our creativeness to make the object appear “sexy and sporty.”

Design to me is:  A combination of ideas, passion, and skills to convert it into a viable, finished product.

Beauty of the Design is in the eye of the beholder:  Most Designers don’t believe they could have added one more thing  to make it any better (unless, of course, there is funding issues on the program).  😉

Design defined:  It means to use something already in existence, but combine it with creative thought, to create a new, functional product that will meet the requirements of its new environment.

Design process:  That thing that transforms a business idea into a viable end product.

Design now-a-days:  Incorporates principles of sustainability and reuse into products and their production methods.

I would love to get your thoughts on what you think Design is to you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2011 2:36 pm

    I completely agree with your comments. I think that a book could be written about the irony of recruiters (who usually have no engineering education)trying to understand what engineers do on a daily basis. Most often if a resume doesn’t have a particular software that a company uses(or even current version)a recruiter wouldn’t think to call. Most CAD packages, (at least the good ones) can be learned in a matter of a few hours. I am not professing we will be experts on that tool, but we could be producing just as well as everyone else. Besides its not the CAD package that is going to tell you that your design needs improvement, it’s your customer!

    • August 25, 2011 3:20 pm

      Thanks for the comment! A CAD software package is a very hot topic for many of us. It’s just a tool, and skill, that yes, we can learn in a very short period of time … especially since we have comparable skills already attained through similar positions.

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