I went to get my haircut today and on my way back, it struck me that I have had better haircuts when I have been unable to communicate with the stylist. That led me to think about what it means, of course, with respect to design, ha!
And not just once but twice. My last haircut was in Paris, where due to language issues, we were just about able to communicate. But when I finally put my glasses back on [I am quite blind without them] I was very pleasantly surprised by the end result.
Today the same thing happened. I went across to a hair stylist in Chinatown, it was more convenient than the fancy place I’d been recommended in the Haight and again, the stylist, Benny and I were just about able to communicate. Again, I sat there wondering what he was doing, as my eyesight is bad enough that everything, including my own face is a blur.
When he was finished, I put my glasses back on and exclaimed with pleasure. It was truly a wonderful cut and made me feel perkier and cuter than any I’ve had before. (except Paris, of course).
This leads me to wonder whether the conventional wisdom of having a long and complex discussion with your stylist is even necessarry? Or was it just luck that I put myself in the hands of experts? The other way to look at it is to say once you find an expert you trust, let them do what they’re good at without too much input.
Do you think that the same can be said for design? As in a product or a graphic?