Thank you so much for letting me know of your frustration. It means a lot to me that you are being honest with me. I agree whole heatedly that what doctors do is way more complex and they can hold life in their hands. I do not think that the medical field is exactly like design, I mainly used the (rightfully) respected occupation of doctors to help show how rude some of the things that are said to people who design things are. The purpose of the comic was not to belittle the ability of doctors. Putting it in context with doctors I felt would be shocking, since not many people would dare talk to a doctor in such a manner.
My I ask you a question? I would like to hear why you feel design is a luxury profession and how they have no responsibility.
There are many kind of design jobs out there in the world. Product design, furniture design, Architecture, web design, graphic design, special effects, concept art, interior design, software design etc. Almost everything in the world had to be designed before it was built. And only freelancers have such flexible times, if you speak to anyone who has ever had to work at a studio, say, designing props for movies, they will tell you how it’s a grueling and demanding job and they must stay on schedule least the film gets behind. Design is an important part of the process.
Apple, love it or hate it, gets a lot of credit for its success through its product design. Even though apples and PCs have pretty much the same hardware. And if a designer messes up, I assure you, they are forced to take responsibility for their mistakes. And there can be terrible consequences for a designers mistake.
A poorly design product can tank an entire business. A website that is ill designed can make a business lose sales. A poorly design video game with a confusing interface doesn’t sell. A poorly drawn medical illustration could prove dangerous from those who try to learn from it. True, in no ways does this pose the same risk as a hand jerk for a surgeon. You are absolutely right.
But thank you for taking the time to discuss with me your feelings, I hope I have helped cleared things up in some way. I am sorry to have erked you. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on design.