Student: Master, can design be summarized in just one sentence?
DesignMaster: Exactly. Now go practice.
DesignMaster: Design is neither right nor wrong.
Student: But I can surely tell good design from bad one.
DesignMaster: Until you create it.
Student: I want to do social good through design. How should I start?
DesignMaster: Go become a politician and claim yourself a designer.
One day DesignMaster feels nostalgic: When I was young, I had an archenemy MasterDesigner who laughed off my works. I’m so glad he cared.
Student: Please enlighten me about the ultimate meaning of UX.
DesignMaster: That I know not, because the user is not like me.
Wanna-be designer: I want to be a famous designer.
DesignMaster: Famous or designer?
Wanna-be designer: Why not both?
DesignMaster: Then neither.
DesignMaster continues: To be a designer, you are; to be famous, go design a visually stunning and functionally acceptable citrus squeezer.
Student: Is service design just a hype?
DesignMaster: You saw it coming, and I saw it coming, we all saw it coming, and we still bought it.
Student: Is there Tao or Zen of Design?
DesignMaster: There’s Tao and there’s Zen, but not of design; there was, however, design of both.
Student: Can interactions be designed?
DesignMaster: Can I say yes?
Student: And UX?
DesignMaster: Can I say no?
DesignMaster: Such so.
DesignMaster: When design beckons, follow him, though hard and steep. When his thinking enfold, yield to him, though it may wound you.
Student: Can design be realized as a form of pure art?
DesignMaster: What is design but creativity tortured by the users’ wants and needs?
Student: Can all problems be solved by design?
Design Master: The problem and the design are one, even as the user and the designer are one.
Design Master: You design for problem and for need; would that you design also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of creativity.
Student: How much design is enough?
Design Master: Ever has it been that you know not your work’s depth until the hour of user interaction.
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Design Master: When users speak to you listen to them, though their nonsense may shatter your designs as the north wind lays waste the garden.
Student: Is design liberal?
Design Master: Even as design empowers you so shall it limit you; even as it’s for growth so is it for your pruning.
Design Master tells Student: When you design you should not say, ‘creativity is in my flow,’ but rather, ‘I am in the flow of creativity.’
Student: Is design a form of art or vice versa?
Design Master: Art is creativity unmasked; but design your mere shallow grab of user need unmasked.
Design Master: As design ascends to your creativity and enables your best work, so shall it shake your beliefs in their clinging to the ego.
Design Master: Think not you can direct the course of design, for design, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Designee would you be.
Design Master: Like sheaves of corn design gathers you unto it. It threshes you to make you empathetic. It sifts you to free you from your perspectives.
Design Master continues: It grinds you to your clarity. It kneads you until you are reflective.
To be continued…