Incite by Design

Caustic visions and shared thoughts on design, marketing, creativity, philanthropy, pop culture and business philosophy by Toronto design firm, Ricksticks Inc.


Fighting the Fight

When should we be standing up for good design and where do you draw the line on work that should be presented? Internally, there are several levels of approval, as well as the numerous committee heads, and meetings, that work will inevitably be subjected to. How does one act on behalf of one’s work in and of its own right, and ‘sell’ it to its audience. Should we be forced to sell our ideas, or does the work not speak for itself? Unfortunately, there will always be disagreement and if you have been hired for your expertise, that should be taken into account. At what point do we say that something is not correct regardless of what the other party has in mind? How do you gauge ‘correctness?’ Perhaps in the end, that is the only way to stay in the game, and on top of your game. Compromising your work is a difficult habit to break.

On the other hand, what does it mean to compromise your work? Do we let certain things slide because we know that is what has been asked of us? Can we really protest ‘bad design,’ if it solves the problem, gets the message across? If that is what the ultimate goal is for any design, for it to be used, consumed, and/or understood, then can we really say it is bad? Any design that completes its task, no matter how ephemeral, serves its purpose. I suppose the question is to fight or not to fight? The answer lies in the intention of the individual piece. For this we look to the pizza flyer.