Common Misconceptions about Design

March 21, 2018.Saurabh Madhusudan Patel.1 Like.0 Comments

Misconceptions about the designs are in plenty such as ‘Design adds to project cost’, ‘Designers just do Photoshop’, ‘Design is only about colors’, and so on.

Actually, these myths frustrate designers and are a great loss to business owners believing these myths. Here are the common misconceptions about design and how they are wrong.

Myth 1: Design is an Art

The design is a subject in engineering and art schools, but the approach of the designers are from a different perspective depending on the field. Art school designers perceive it as visual arts and the engineering school designers as a science application shaping final products. The managers and developers evaluate the designer’s capabilities reflecting their ability.

(Correction:  Design is a Design)

The design has the ability of art and the human intelligence as a fundamental dimension. This art form relates to science through a design helping in creating human cognitive ability. Thus the design in both disciplines are used in making the product functional, so a good designer must have proper toolsets to develop a successful design that solves problems of the consumers and helps in making lives easier.

Myth 2: Design is a Tool

The design is done using Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. So fresh designers believe learning these tools is enough to become pro designers. Actually, using these tools is based on the industry. In fact, designing is the way of transferring creative ideas into a novel product that is ground-breaking.

 (Correction: Design is a Process)

Design involves thinking a process that initiates with understanding business needs and the problem of ideate understanding the project. The design is not some limited role, though it includes:

  • Targeting the consumer-centered
  • Building an understanding through an intensive search
  • Developing market value by developing an appealing product
  • View innovation as design focusing on viable and creative new ideas
  • Promote competitiveness in the market to elevate profitability


Myth 3: Design refers to Aesthetics

A belief that is strong is that designers are seen as artists creating beautiful products, interfaces or mobile applications.  Restricting the role to aesthetics is the serious problems leading to failure of the product in the market.

(Correction: Design is a Form and Function)

The design is functional and has a form. The form denotes the feel and look of a product, while function refers to service or product works. There is a need for both so that it has a targeted market. A beautiful product alone cannot get buyers; it also needs to be user-friendly. Likewise, ugly looking products are less desirable. There is a need to merge form and function.

Myth 4: Designers need no degree

Many young designers learn some tools and start applying for jobs. It cannot be regarded as effective if you know Photoshop and Illustrator alone as it does not provide a complete track of education to possess right skill sets.

(Correction: Designers need education in Design)

Design education provides a learning course required and this includes design theory, principles and implementing of design skills. Joining good design school is expensive and hard. There is a need for good mentors to acquire required skills.

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