We see lots of students and junior designers here, people who've only been in the industry for a year or three. Students, graduates and freelancers.
Some of them are very good. Some of them are OK. Some of them are bad. Some of them are bloody awful. And there is the problem. Should we tell the awful ones they are awful? Should we tell the truth?
There are several problems here. First off, people give up their time and often travel a long way. Sure they want some work, but they're only seeing us because they like our work, which is great. It would be a shame if no-one ever wanted to come and see us. Secondly, most people are very nervous and could do without a critical assessment of their work. And last but not least, who's to say what's good and what's bad? Who died and made me arbiter of taste?
But, and it's not very often, but sometimes we see people whose work is just bloody awful. I dread to think of these people trudging all round town and no-one actually saying what we're all thinking. Shouldn't we be cruel to be kind? In Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares the most helpful bits are always when he is brutally honest with the owners. Sometimes they just haven't realised that a roast chicken stuffed with banana is wrong. Shouldn't we be brave and considerate enough to do the same?
What do you think?