Design is not merely a hobby or a job. Design is not a lifestyle. Design is not a tool to be picked up when something pretty is required, only to be put down again afterwards. Design is a philosophy for looking at the world and approaching a problem.
As a Web and Graphic Designer, I understand the need to take ego out of the equation. Ironically, as the person who will spend the most time forming a relationship with a design — in its inception and construction — my opinion and reaction matters far less than that of the end user, the client(s) and the agency I represent; each has a business need for the design, its aesthetic, its function and its usability to perform to the best possible standard.
It is with this in mind that I relish the opportunity for constructive criticism, for cooperation and for learning. My intuitive design eye, my experience and my education contribute to my taste and ability; my understanding of, and interaction with, the world allows for results that work within it.