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    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum.. So, hello! I'm currently doing my bachelors in Singapore, under the University of West England, Bristol's curriculum. I'm currently doing a research for my extended studies, and have read up on the First Things First Manifesto, both the 1964 one and 2000.

    It prompts me to ask the designers who are already in the industry, what do you believe is the true role of a designer? It'll be great if you could also tell me how many of years of experience you have, and when did you first step in the industry.

    Cheers!

  • #2
    ''The role of the designer'' varies with what type of working situation the designer is working under.
    There is no role of the designer that can be defined generically, though I suppose, from my optix, that the role of a designer seems to be to provide their clients the exposure they need, in the right context, to the right demographic, efficiently, effectively, and professionally.

    There are far too many ''I do logos, flyers and business cards'' designers out there right now. That isn't what graphic design is all about. That's really only a very small subset of just one larger subset of a very diverse and wide-reaching Graphic Design industry.

    I can't say I'm up on any grand manifestos out there. There are several, from what I understand. Like all things in Graphic Design, everything has its place at some moment in time, whereas at other times it is completely inappropriate. To live by any hard and fast rule in this industry is going to stunt your professional growth. Do not get too deep into someone else's epiphany. Read it, absorb it, see if it relates in any way to what you need to do for your clients today, and if not, discard it, at least for the moment.

    (been working in a crazy niche subset of the GD industry for 20+ years. Sort of a cross between show-business and grand-form real-time marketing.)


    Last edited by PrintDriver; 01-19-2017, 07:29 AM.

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    • #3
      Hi Padf_ot and welcome to GDF.

      We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes. No, you haven't done anything wrong, we ask every new member to read them. Your first few posts will be moderated, so don't panic if they don't show up immediately. Enjoy your stay.
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      • #4
        This is an interesting read for those just getting into the GD industry and pondering a designer's place in the world.
        It's tech heavy but lots of little niches here.
        https://segd.org/blog/12-strategic-predictions-2017

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