I have a nagging question that I can not for the life of me come to terms with.
I hope someone can shed some light on this question and the resulting situation for me.
Let me set the stage a little ;
I’m in the design profession so I tend to gravitate to reading posts and blogs and magazine articles about design.
Occasionally another designer will post an image of a project that they have done.
Sometimes these projects are just fantastic, have valuable merit or in some cases are just plain bad design.
My question is, why do other designers who should know better by now in their training and careers provide positive reinforcement towards the design bomb ?
Why do they say it is “fantastic”, wonderful” or some other congratulatory term that is just not applicable to the design. ( not to be confused with the person who did the design )
I get that people want to be nice to one another and there is a great desire by many to be liked by the crowd that you are hanging with, but doesn’t these false platitudes perpetuate ongoing bad design ?
If you are continually told it looks great , then you must think that it does, so why not keep on replicating it in all its poorly laid out proportions ?
I’m wondering why people can’t be nice while also being truthful about ‘the poor design’.
Is it because it is just too personal ?
And by truthful, I don’t mean that you have to be hurtful or demeaning to the person about their poor design.
Maybe it can’t be done in a social media setting because of the lack of face to face and the all important delivery of the voice tone when providing positive reinforcement feedback.
I find this to be a complex dilemma.