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  1. Great article! It perfectly describes the design phenomenon I sometimes call “banging my head against the wall” for indeed there is a duality between communicating clearly and opening eyes (and minds).

    There’s often a disparity between what a client will accept and what an audience wants to experience, and I think it’s our role to act as advocates. As for style, I’ve always considered it something that happens unavoidably going through a design process, not something nurtured or promoted.

    I think Tibor Kalman had some legitimate things to demonstrate about the same quandaries you mention, but it’s possible he ended up so far from the status quo that nobody took him seriously. Personally, I find his blatant adoption of the vernacular a good reminder of who we are really designing for.

    Nice wrap up in the article too, Matt. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Matt Griffin,

    Thanks for your work here. I am relatively new to design here - but I really want to thank you for putting a sneaking suspicion of mine into words.

    Possessing the emotional IQ necessary to “get over yourself” and focus on what is best for the project at hand will surely make for better designs and build trust with clients. If we as designers take the lead in this maybe more of our clients will find the strength to “get over themselves” as well - and together we will reap the benefits of a more selfless collaboration.

    As for the example of the child born to “well meaning but disorganized parents” - it reminds me very much of somebody I know.

    Thanks Again.

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  3. It’s not easy to let go of my own vision of the project and just do what others expect.

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  4. ‘Design aims to solve problems outside of the designer’ - that’s a clue!

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  5. I always think about that topic and I have a lot of trouble with my boss because of this.

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  6. outcomes? few things i cannot understand

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  7. thanks matt really worthy post to read.

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