TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER..... DESIGNER...
TINKER: an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensils made out of tin
TAILOR: is a person who makes, repairs or alters clothing professionally, especially suits and men's clothing
SOLDIER: a member of the local land component of national armed forces
DESIGNER: a person who designs. More formally, a designer is an agent that specifies the structural properties of a design object. In practice, anyone who creates tangible or intangible objects, such as consumer products, processes, laws, games and graphics is referred to as a designer
2. a person whose job is to design the interior of someone's home, by choosing colours, carpets, materials and furnishing
Now, I'm not about to go on some diatribe about the pros and cons, number of years at school, obtaining a degrees vs a certificate....I also assume there are different standards and requirements in the US as well.....if you're interested, you can look it up yourself. NOT what this post is about and for the purpose of this post I'm referring to Residential as opposed to Commercial design.
Are we all equally fantastic designers? Not a chance. Some of us have the design bug, go to school, are accredited and become successful, recognized designers. Others of us have the design bug, don't go to school, apprentice or work our butts off and become successful, recognized designers. Beyond this, however, we ARE indeed comparing apples to oranges. The two things that distinguish a good designer from a great designer regardless of the route chosen, is TALENT and PASSION ...because all the keen interest, homework, hours spent on the job and credentials amount to nothing but a hill of beans if you have not got TALENT and PASSION.
I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm thinking 'Bob', the original wheel designer from around the 8th millennium, had some major talent, passion and of course the enormous need to move heavy stuff from A to B. He was known back then as "the mesolithic guy of invention".
And may I suggest, that we ALWAYS endeavour to show our respect to the global design community.