There are a few ongoing debates in the world of digital design. Things like “Should designers code?”, “What’s the value of design?”, “UX versus UI,” and, perhaps most fundamentally, “Is everyone a designer?” To get a taste for the flavor of that last one, you can step into this Twitter thread from a little while back (TLDR: It didn’t go super well for anyone):

Agency

If we really break it down, nearly every job in existence is either a job where you are designing, or a job where you are completing a set of tasks in service to something that was designed, or a job where your tasks are made possible by some aspect of design, or some mix of the three. Either way, the act of “designing” is what dictates the outcomes.

Creativity

Few people want to own the nuts-and-bolts process of designing, but everyone wants to have their say on the final output.

  1. We have made a cultural decision that practicing medicine is too risky to allow just anyone to do it. You can go to jail for practicing medicine without a license.
  2. No one actually wants to be responsible for the potential life and death consequences of the medical advice they give.

Everyone is a designer because there is no perceived ramification for practicing design.