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Interviewing is one of the important ways to find out the views of people on various issues. I used the method of interview for the purposes of my analysis. I initiated the conversations with the representatives of the design industry in order to determine the major changes, which occurred in design during the past decades.
The Interview Summary
Last week, I was lucky to talk to the representative of the design industry. I think that the results of my work can be used to summarize the major changes occurred in the field of design. The conversation with the designer allowed me to get a better understanding of the peculiarities of their work. In particular, in the interview with Amanda Johns, an interior designer, working for one of the successful firms in the city, I got to know that the design industry underwent the substantial changes during the last years. She said, “The work of the designer became much more diverse than it was in the past.” When I asked her what she meant under the “diverse”, she said that the modern designers had to be erudite in many spheres and had to be flexible in order to react to the rapid changes, occurring in the modern world, quickly.
Frankly speaking, I was wondered when Amanda said that she did not have a designer diploma when he joined the firm. She said that she graduated from university ten years ago and could not imagine that one day she would dedicate her life to the creative activity. At the university, Amanda majored in Math. However, the knowledge, which she obtained, helped her in the designer work. She explained it as follows, “The pencil and paper are no longer the primary mediums for the designer’s drawings. It is the specialized and often rather complicated software, which we use for the creation of images that takes the central place in our working process”. She said that she applied her knowledge of Math to her work as she had to logically think about the parameters of the models, which she created. “I had to reflect the actual proportions of premises in the computer images with the mathematical exactness”, she added.
Then, I suggested talking about the current situation in the US designer industry. I said that, according to the statistical data, the Creative Class workers account for approximately 35% of the employed in the US (Florida 268). I asked her to comment on this data. She said, “I think this data is underestimated as a lot of people work in the industry as the freelancers while having a full-time job somewhere else.”
The interview raises the questions closely connected with the problems touched upon in the book by Richard Florida. In particular, it is interesting to compare the average cost of education with the average salaries of the Creative Class workers in order to determine how many years it will take to be repaid for the costs incurred. Furthermore, the obtained results can be compared with similar data from other industries.
In summary, the interview allowed me to gather important information about the design industry, its peculiarities, and trends. It also gave me an indication to the areas of further research. And last but not least, I was spending my time with pleasure while communicating with an interesting person.
Florida, Richard L. The Rise of the Creative Class: Revisited, New York: Basic Books, 2012. Print.