Derived from discussing the recent posts, this diagram is an attempt to explain the spectrum of the profession in a linear fashion. Iam still working on the matrix conversion of the diagram, but it was important to post this update as an attempt to clarify & lead all the noise into signal a proposal.
What is interesting, Forward Thiking [and Costume] is extremely hard to get just right. Pragmatism, Mediocrity, Professional Mediocrity & the Avant Garde have a much wider range in the spectrum to work with.
Of course, getting it into a diagram is easy, actually doing it, as a designer, is much harder. Because it means lots of work, mistakes, research, and being able to do a constant resolution level change. All that, while getting your own voice through.
The problem, as always, is just looking at either region of the spectrum, and not doing anything. But if you are going to be spending your valuable time in this world medium, the least you can do is be responsible and informed.