Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Design – “What a Delightful Way to Pay the Rent”

September 28, 2007, 3:56 PM

Read this article (via Ideasonideas) today and I was pleasantly surprised by the simple yet beautiful and meaningful quote from the title.

As a coincidence, while waiting in line at a bank today I couldn’t help overhearing a man talking. Smart dressed, handsome and well built, expensive suit, in his thirties, the guy screamed “pro lawyer” from miles away. And indeed he was. While observing his way of talking, gesturing, sitting on a chair, all giving away his profession, I realised that this is what most of the people do, they work. And as I was looking at him and the bank’s employee (beautiful antithesis, the bank employee was thin, hunched, very young, pale, blue eyes over a long jewish nose, almost a real image of Bugs Bunny’s enemy, the bald eagle :)), leaning over his keyboard as if being afraid of doing something wrong) a question struck me:

How much fun do people have when they work? Are doing it just for the money, just because they need a job to live, to pay the rent and all the bills? Or do they really enjoy and live their work, with all its good parts and bad parts?

Then I thought I’m lucky. We designers do not work, we get paid for something we like doing any way. Sure there are many times when it seems that certain projects are just mind-exausting headaches, complete fuckups, nothing to be proud of. But we still do something creative, even for the worst client ever (I’m not talking about designers that have lost their soul, obviusly). We get to play every day, just like kids do in kindergarden. We get to dream, to imagine, to invent, to rediscover.

I’d say that getting paid to play with forms and colours all day long is quite the ideal job, isn’t it? (except being a computer games tester, maybe :P)

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Comments:

I would love to draw more. Rather than “Photoshop” something.
Anyways, design is truly a dream job, if you take away the bad parts. And there are lots of those, as you already know :)

But I still consider myself to be a lucky man.
Getting paid is and will still be a bonus.

We do need to sleep more though hehe

Yup, you sure touched a delicate point, sleeping.

But then again, you wouldn’t want to sleep half of your life, would you? :D

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