Brothers, come the revolution let’s not forget the people

Yeah, ‘Vive la revolution’. I’m fully behind Kenneth Grange’s charge on bad design (Voxpop, DW 8 May). I relish the day when a rabble of Howies-wearing designers brandishing the latest copy of Wallpaper storms the offices of Microsoft.

Bring on the public trials of those who have offended our eyes, and let us come together for a healthy round of laughter at those less intelligent than ourselves.

However, before we set off on our quest to rid the world of centre-aligned Comic Sans, perhaps we should ask exactly who is going to determine what is ‘good design’.

Don’t get me wrong. I am in full support of us using the opportunities we have as designers to influence our clients responsibly. But good design cannot be determined by an elitist group of practitioners, and it should be up to the public to decide.

How about we follow Hilary Cottam’s lead and come together to find ways of connecting our industry with local government and communities?

Martyn Reding, Creative director, Preview, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PU

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