First please take a deep breath and don’t have a heart attack here. I’m just trying to see if web designers are thought of as a lesser design species in their own realm by fellow designers. We know that web designers already get flack from the outside world with some people not even considering it a real job, but how do other designers view web designers?
Can you base a design hierarchy on importance? Architects are thought of highly because they design the structures that we have to physically interact with daily. They are able to design buildings that out last some of our lifetimes. That is pretty important.
A package designer gets to go head-to-head with similar products on the store shelves. These products could get sold on looks alone so a poorly designed package could mean the end of a company. They also have to deal with materials that they might not have any control over or have to figure out what are the best materials to use for not only the product, but also the environment.
What about automobile designers? They design the little pods where we spend a good majority of our lives. A crappy pod and we hate them. A great pod and life is grand.
There are other designers that offer similar impact on our lives. Do web designers have the chance to impact lives? Some do, but most don’t. To offer some perspective nobody is too concerned with how lovely the package of a candy bar is, but they do care about the soap dispensers they publicly showcase in their homes. Most websites aren’t meant to be life-changing. However, aren’t the Facebook designers just as important to peoples’ lives as other designers in different disciplines? I can’t imagine anyone walking up to a Facebook designer and treating him the same way as the guy that designs Yahoo horoscopes.
Other design disciplines also require formal education. Web design requires a web browser.
I’m sure this isn’t an issue for web designers because who cares how others in the design world view them, but I was just curious if they could ever find themselves on equal ground as other disciplines. On the other end I think web designers would gain a greater appreciation of design if they took the time to see how designers in other fields approach their craft.
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