The effect that education and «inspiration» have had upon the design world is a two-edged sword. Designers have become more informed about what the rest of the community is doing, but less aware of why they are doing it. We are quick to form opinions that match the herd's, and do little to impact the zeitgeist by straying too far into the Land of Vanilla for fear of the herd’s criticisms or neglect. This is not healthy for design or designers. Andrew Beck .