I’m writing in response to the ongoing debate in your magazine about universities undermining design consultancies by offering commercial product design services, and in particular your piece last week (News, DW 11 September).
This latest article perfectly highlights the problems we face as professional consultancies from the very institutions that we trained in or source our employees from.
How can we ‘educate’ these institutions not to bite the hand that (often) feeds?
As champions of professional, quality design that derives from the stresses of working in a commercial, competitive environment and many years of experience in our chosen fields, it is frustrating and annoying when we discover that we are often pitching against undergraduate or graduate programmes from nearby universities, which undercut us on price.
Whatever happened to mentoring and secondment? Where is the respect and support for our profession?
Steve Scott, Lavahouse, by e-mail