Generalization vs Specialism

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Designers are constantly in demand mostly due to the fact that the world is ever changing and diversifying in terms of fields such as landscape or technology. (Hardy, 2007). This means that designers would need to get ready for great changes that is happening globally and would need to overcome.

Why is it that the main issue to this day about the diversity of designers is the “debate” between generalists and specialists? Both groups of people are extremely important in today’s design community because they would easily fit into different hierarchies.
It’s up to no discussion that most companies would be expected to hire generalists because of how they get the most recognition for being the “jack-of-all-trades”. Most credit would be given to them due to the trust expectation that people put in them for being all-rounders in different fields of designing. However, counter-acting on that statement, do specialists actually repel the significance of generalists or otherwise? (Meyer, 2015)

So who solves the world’s problem? The world’s big problems are not solved by generalists or specialists. In fact, generalists and specialists’ work hand in hand to create some of the most brilliant things the world has seen. There are bigger problems that the world is facing; these are problems from commercial to social and global. (See Fig A) Statistics have shown that we are the 20% that consume 80% of the world resources (Shah, 2013). It’s the synergy of both ways of looking at the world, which solves problems. Not all problems are created equal either. Some problems require a highly technical approach. Others require a broad view and a vision through connecting the dots. Most problems require a union of both.
Frankly, graphic design alone, along with industrial and architectural design is not enough. That being said, everybody needs to chip in, in order to make the world…...

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