I went off on a tangent two posts ago, but the thing I really wanted to talk about was not knowing much of anything. I didn’t know what my role as an industrial designer was until now, after 4 years of bachelor’s program, 1 year of self-inflicted misery, and 1-and-a-half years as a masters student. No one properly explained to me what an industrial designer does. It’s a huge shock. Here I am, supposed to be at least somewhat knowledgeable about the degree I acquired, realizing that certain aspect I thought that an industrial designer does… actually belongs to a different, albeit similar field.
What a shock.
How limited are my knowledge still? Am I even qualified to be an industrial design TA, let alone, a design researcher?
But there’s a silver lining to this. For one, it shows that everyone else is probably on the same boat. Sure, some people will vehemently deny it, but it’s pretty clear now. We’re still so deathly conscious about our identity, stressing about how we act, how we dress, what we like and dislike, who we should please, no one has any time to sit down and sort out what really matters and what are less relevant. Before we decide whether to wear a plaid shirt or hoodie, like this or that, do such-and-such because it’s expected of what some people think we should do, people need to look inside a little more. Do we have something a bit more important we should focus on? You know, how we’re so stressed all the time? Or how we lack confidence in ourselves and our words? How we’re not feeling fulfilled?
I think those require more attention. Not saying appearances aren’t important — don't get me wrong — but they’re less important than our state of mind. That’s all I’m saying.
We don’t understand each other, and we don’t go out of our way to communicate. Despite such advances in communication, we still suck so bad at it. It’s so laughable. Design research is still bunch of weirdos poking design with a stick, we’re still extremely conscious about our image, we still can’t properly teach students, we have no idea what our profession truly is. There are so much uncertainties. We truly don't know anything.
And how reassuring.