The interview with Jasper Morrison in this months Icon is definitely worth a read. He criticises the media for creating a culture of designers who add visual pollution to the world and advocates an approach to create ‘super normal’ objects. Objects that fit into their surroundings and are perfectly designed for their purpose.
When I began my degree I was more into the design art side of things. Then you realise that you are just adding more crap to the world. What is really needed are solutions to problems and nice clean, simple, elegant design. That Lasts.
Icon has a blog that’s worth a visit.