This isn’t my actual classroom, but it’s close enough.
We are debating in class whether it’s a good idea to show your identity and gender in your design work. My teacher thinks that it’s a huge issue to show gender, and that invisibility is an important point to consider when designing.
I think being a designer would be pointless if every designer had an invisible style, I think it’s important to be versatile, but invisible? How would any designer be famous if that was true? You’re asking me to suppress my own style and identity.
I suppose the point could be made that that graphic design is suppressing identity already, but I don’t agree with that at all (and that’s another debate for another time)
I’m going to listen to my clients when I design for them, but they are choosing me because of my past projects and abilities, not because onlookers can’t tell if I’m a man or a woman by looking at my work.
Obviously, every project I work on isn’t going to be pink and cute, or camo and guns. I think my teacher is giving us absolutely no credit if he thinks that’s what we are going to do when we get into the working world. I almost feel like that mindset would damage my design style. “is this too girly? Is this too manly?” no. It just is what it is, I listen to the client, we work it out, and they leave happy. Every project is different. and the fact that he would just assume we don’t know that is insulting.