Should Designers Be Licensed?

LicGuyLast week’s “Design Observer” podcast re-explored the question of whether designers should go through a rigorous licensing procedure the same way interior designers do (at  least here in Nevada they do). I recall the debates on the subject in the late 1990s. Many of the same objections are being raised today, but the pros of licensure now have a completely different, and more compelling argument than they did 20 years ago.

Michael Bierut and Jessica Helmand do a great job presenting the framework of the debate without pressing any final conclusion on us. It’s well worth the time to give this podcast a listen. In the end it’s unlikely that design licensure is in our futures, but I do believe it is imperative to debate the ethical and moral obligations that designers have in a world that is increasingly turning to design to solve complex problems.



Have you noticed that I look a bit different lately? November 1 marked the beginning of the annual tradition of Movember.  November is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

I’m growing my moustache for 30 days and I need your support:

Donate to my Movember fund here

Your donations will help The Movember Foundation stop men dying too young.

There’s a lot riding on this moustache, so thank you. I appreciate your support.

The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe, read by Christopher Walken

The best horror comes from a fine edge, not knowing for sure if what we fear is just our own misperceptions of a normal event, or if we are truly being haunted by a malevolent spirit. Poe’s “The Raven” manages to keep us on that suspenseful edge. 

The only thing better than reading The Raven on Halloween Night, is listening to it being read by Christopher Walken. I love how he breaks the rhythm in Poe’s poetry and delivered it as if it’s just a stream of thought. 

The Raven, listen to it here

How Creatives Can Critique Each Other Without Choking Each Other

giphy-3Managing critiques, whether in a business setting, or in a classroom, can be a tricky for a design manager. It’s a challenge to keep critiques informative and actionable without stifling creativity and open communication. Sam Harrison offers great, simple to adapt  advice for design managers in his short article on

Read the article here: 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism

Design and Drinking, is a Cultural Shift Underway?

This article in “Eye on Design” highlights an evolving relationship between designers and alcohol. Cultural shifts toward a healthy lifestyle and work life balance, and the new economic realities facing designers today, many millennials approach drinking with a different attitude than in past decades.

Design + Drinking – Part of Agency Culture, or Party Over?