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Run like hell from anyone calling themselves a “creative.” Design is a profession and a craft with standards and practices. It’s not a mystical undertaking, and designers are not magical beings.

via Mule Design Studio’s Blog.

There Are 11 Comments On This Article.

  1. One glance at Mule Design’s site and it’s easy to see that they have run far far away from being “Creative”. Nice post.

  2. There are a lot of good points in this blog post. He distinguishes the difference between criticism and feedback. Criticism comes from peers or the educated but feedback is what comes from the unaware. This is very important to remember since the internet is filled with comments sections that mostly only provide feedback and not genuine constructive criticism. I’ve also learned over the years to stay away from the people that talk about creativity because they are prone to mixing up their personal random feelings and likes/dislikes with the end-game goals of a project.

  3. So, are you saying that standards and practices are what make a good designer? If that’s the case, I’ll go with “creative.”

  4. Creativity is a close relative of anarchy. Many of the most useful ideas evolve out of the process (craft with standards and practices) rather than being conjured mystically out of thin air.

    • @Mike Moss,

      Just keep doing as your told Mike. Keep following standards and practices set forth by the executives who know next to nothing about design or creativity. When they’re done with the “real” agenda of saving money by hiring folks like Mule Design, the rest of us “anarchists” can get back to doing our thing, instead of someone elses. Enjoy it while it lasts buddy! :)

  5. Labels: Creative. Chef. Doctor.

    Shorthand used by people who don’t want to take the time to actually find out who the person is who is doing the work. Lazy language, lazy thinking.

  6. There are some people who milk the existing standards/practices to the bitter end and then some, while others are busy creating the next new great things that, in turn, become tired old standards themselves at some point. The world needs both, I suppose, but I’ll take a David Carson over a Mule Designs any day.

  7. ‘Creative’ is an umbrella term covering a multitude of professions, including design (or photography, writing, video production etc). You can use it when referring to a multitude of creative professions at once, without there being anything mystical or magical about it.

    Like any word, ‘creative’ can be used badly. As in the statement posted above. Implying that someone calling themselves a creative also has lower standards and is unprofessional, seems narrow minded to me.