In the reading, Quietude by Kenneth Fitzgerald he discusses critical writing as it relates to the design world. In reference to this, Fitzgerald states “No market exists for critical writing.” Quietude goes on to discuss how designers don’t want to take criticism nor do they want to read about it.”
Fitzgerald believes that this is partly because the design world is such a small community, that friends are writing about friends. If designers are too critical of their peers, design community gatherings would be uncomfortable. He writes that because the design community is so small we must stick together and cannot afford to make enemies.
Fitzgerald goes on to talk about how people are prone to listen to “celebrity designers” even if they have nothing important to say. He says sarcastically “Preeminent people who walk into our temple on their own to kneel at the shrine receive our full attention-even when they have little to say.”
I disagree with Fitzgerald’s points in this reading. If there is no market for critical writing and if he has truly given up on it ever developing in the design field, why does he bother to continue writing?
Secondly, I don’t believe that the design community is as small as Fitzgerald makes it sound in this writing. Even so, as long as you are truly giving constructive criticism no one can be mad, instead they should appreciate it.
I do however agree with Fitzgerald that often times people listen to celebrities simply because they are who they are. I believe that everyone has an opinion and deserves a chance to be heard before they are dismissed simply because of who they are.