Design as Decoration

“I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration. Good design is problem solving.”
Jeffrey Veen

I’ve seen the same thing. It stems from a lack of understanding and education I’d wager, but it doesn’t help that people within the industry don’t even understand the difference. I see 10+ portfolios a day that make reference to the owner being a “designer” when they’re actually more of an illustrator. Pretty pictures do not a designer make.