After reading last weeks AIGA article on the 2015 designer, my interest was peaked about the possibility of certification within the graphic design profession. I came across an interesting article on Print.com titled To CertifyD, or Not CertifyD? That Is the Question by Ellen Shapiro.
The article highlights designer Pérez-Hemminger who came up with the idea of CertifyD as his thesis for his M.A. Shapiro provides a background on the topic explaining the argument has been around for several decades and has recently resurfaced with the popularity of DIY design. The major points of the article are presenting both sides of the argument and how it has evolved recently with a conference headed by Hemminger at the Pratt Manhattan Center.
What I found most interesting is that with a new generation of designers entering the profession, it seems the argument in favor of certification has gotten stronger. It made me start to wonder about the connection between “older” industry voices that studied, and perhaps began their professional career during the rise of DIY during the punk era. Does the generation that was influenced by this generation of DIY have a different perspective of the practice in favor of? Is it because of what it stood for in the 70’s? Does it have the same values today? Has the younger generation of designers that have to compete with modern day DIY designers developed a negative view on DIY because modern DIY lacks the goals and meaning of the punk roots of DIY? I don’t know my thoughts yet on these connections, if there even is one but my initial instinct feels it is an interesting topic to continue researching.
These are all connections and questions that I started to make while reading the article and researching my topic for this quarter. My continued research has not made me change my perception on design, but has actually fueled my desire to engage more in the conversation of current design issues.