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Christopher Simmons

Christopher Simmons is a designer, writer, educator, design advocate and principal of the noted San Francisco design office MINE™. He is the author of four books, the most recent being Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes. His work has been exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (Japan), the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design and the Smithsonian Institution and is part of the permanent design archives at the Denver Art Museum. Simmons is an adjunct professor of design at the California College of the Arts. He is an active advisor and mentor to Project M and a past president of AIGA San Francisco.

Posted in: Business, Design Matters, Education , Graphic Design, Social Good

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Great interview. I like this idea of "big D" and "little D" designers. I've shifted between the two throughout my entire career. There's a part of me that still loves the craft and the idea of creating impactful images but then there's the other side that wants to be respected in a board room and contribute to the overall communications strategy. It's very difficult to find time for both. I've also found that in general, designers are not as respected for their strategic knowledge even if the contribution they offer is as good or better than the folks tasked with heading up communications and marketing. This is also reflected in pay. In a perfect world we wouldn't have the barriers that come with titles and acknowledge each person's contribution equally.

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