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The Design Method: A Philosophy and Process for Functional Visual Communication by Eric Karjaluoto

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Chapter 1. Debunking the Creative Myths

Designers create inappropriate designs more often than they should. They do so by confusing their vocation with art and entertaining notions of luck, inspiration, and personal expression. Let’s examine some common design myths.

Understanding the Myths

Design isn’t complicated. It’s about making things. The range of items designers make—from objects and messages to actions and constructs—results in design seeming ambiguous and troublesome to define. No wonder there are so many opinions, beliefs, and myths surrounding design—and some at odds with producing work efficiently. These misapprehensions prevent you from creating good design.

Do you need evidence of these myths? Just take a look at the work designers ...

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