Old Designers Don’t Die, They Get Real Lives

Richard Murray’s article (DW 21 May) regarding ageing designers – of which I am not one, I hasten to add – posed the question: What happens to designers as they grow older? Life. Your genetic code, whatever your gender, will take over and you will mutate from a career-focused, London-based design commando into a designer/human.

Career-expanding opportunities develop through clients. Life experiences or ambition can broaden and blur a job description, or even snuff it out. Am I trying to say that a mature, multifaceted personality develops a multi-tasking career?

Either way, as one’s perspective broadens, maybe design is still important, but living a life becomes an interesting concept, too.

I think older designers are out there – they’re just a little less definable.

Pat Starke



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