Best Designer in All the Whole Wide World: Who Cares?


Eric Wilson over at the NY Times has captured our collective hearts by talking about a subject we’ve been discussing here since we saw December riding in from a distance: year-end “best of lists.” In his piece, “Designer of the Year: (Name Here)” he focuses on fashion, but it applies to nearly anything in any design profession that’s ranked for no real reason. Wilson lays out all the designers who got picked as the top by one magazine or paper or website, but who might make it in the number three slot elsewhere or lower, and then the reaction other outlets have, like blogs, to their picks. Ultimately, he asks the question, “Does it really matter?” which receives a very definite, “Eh.”