I was watching a program recently on landscaping and the landscape architect said something like:
''My job is not to come in and draw what the client asks, my job is to understand what the client is trying to do and wants from the project and then to respond to that and the site. I then convince the client my design is what they want.''
So I though that was pretty arrogant at first then I thought about it and he's right. If you want someone to draw up or make something you've already decided on the design of then you contract a maker or builder. If you want to use the expertise and knowledge of a professional then you hire a designer who can take your idea and move it on to the next level and hopefully improve on it.
As someone studying and working in the field of design, architecture to be exact, I sometimes forget that I'm not just a CAD monkey or human machine there to churn out someone else's design. That I should be trying to improve their design. Shame most clients I seem to deal with just want the monkey part of the job done.
So my question to the knife makers on here do you see yourself more as a 'maker' or 'designer'?