She poses a fascinating question: Am I too old to be a designer.
At first the questions seems a bit ridiculous. But then, as you swirl it around in your mind, you start marvelling at the complexity of it.
In every other creative discipline creative powers could (and should) rise with age and experience. But it seems that in graphic design, there is a tendency to believe that the older the designer, the less “hip” they would be.
The design profession seems to have a youth bias that is not working in my favor. Whereas other professions (medicine, law, etc.) value experience, the design and marketing fields seem to think that if you no longer fall into the coveted 18-34 demographic, you are too old to be relevant or useful. Experience is often seen as a sign of being “out of it.”
At the hear tof this matter is not the question of age, or Laurel’s individual situation. It poses a dangerous question about the state of graphic design as a creative discipline: Is graphic designmore about whizz-bang, or computer skills, or living in the zeitgeist than it is about quality of thought, experience in execution, or just plain life-experience?