Good design is the ambition of modern progression: disdain the obsolete, favour the futuristic! Good design is the prioritisation of utilitarian consumers: disdain the unwieldy, favour the industrial! Good design is the simplicity of intuitive subconscious: disdain the excessive, favour the minimal!
Design movements ebb and flow, wavering between expansion and compression as environments and beliefs change. Even now, we scheme to eliminate the monopolistic artist, and involve the audience.
But, really, why should any of this matter? Shouldn’t the happiness of the designer come first?
We often revile the self-serving designer, shame them for their selfishness. If you want to be a designer, give up on what you want, we say. Focus only on the desires of your audience!
Let your design come from personal choice, untainted by societal, moral, and philosophical pressures!
There is no world in which you are worth less than everyone else, but there is one in which selfishness has another name, and that is individualism. To assert yourself is not shameful.
If you want flamboyance, irrationality, simplicity, order, or even to give up control, so be it.
Don’t be afraid. All that matters is what you want!