I was listening to a recent Hanselminutes podcast where Scott Hanselman speaks with Natasha Irizarry about User Experience (UX) (you can find the podcast episode here), and a very interesting debate got started in my head.
Natasha states that what UX designers do is not art and that design, in general, is not art. I found myself disagreeing immediately, but as she and Scott discussed the details of what she meant I realized that there was more to it.
The entire episode is a great listen, but the “Designers are not artists” discussion starts around the eleven minute mark when Natasha says (wait for it…), “Designers are not artists.” She further explains her point by adding (and I am doing my best not to butcher her meaning since these specific quotes were peppered here and there during the discussion), “I look at everything like it’s math…Every design decision that I make is a decision that I make…Every choice is intentional.”
As far as art goes, Natasha says, “