Designers or Ingenieurs?

A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense.

A few nights ago, I was re-watching The Prestige. Then I heard a mysterious word. Ingenieur. In the film, Angier’s ingenieur is Cutter, played by Michael Caine. In the closing narration of the film Michael Caine utters these final words:

Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.

We should start calling modern-day Designers, Ingeneiurs instead. Literally, the french word translates to engineer. This conjecture exists on the notion that a designer should be engineering interactions, emotions, and feelings that are ripe for consumption. Bruno Munari once said,

[A designer] is a planner with an aesthetic sense.

Was Munari an Ingenieur? I think he was. I believe all designers should aspire to become an ingenieur of some variety. Wether, you’re an architect, an illustrator or a interface designer—it’s all relative to me. All of humanity’s knowledge is at our fingertips on the web, so who doesn’t want to get fooled every now and then?

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