You took the words right out of my mouth.
Designers are pretty much glorified painters and decorators, except decorators may actually provide more value.
It doesn't take a genius to realise a field with zero barriers to entry is for the most part going to be pretty pointless. The sad part is how the design press, lecturers and twitteratti stress its importance in the most romantic ways possible. 95% of the time, it’s a filthy job, regardless of being in a top agency or a high street print shop. There is so much mundane repetition, you have to be mentally ill to consider it fulfilling for more than a few years.
I’m certainly not bashing all design here. Henry Beck, Ken Garland, Massimo Vignelli etc, these are the true greats. Not your cohort of ‘Bike and coffee connoisseurs’ on twitter.
If you can attend a design conference and nod your head repeatedly and chuckle with enjoyment at that same presentation you saw year. You’ll fit right in ;)
Rant over, I think I’m going to cry a little now.