Designers vs. Engineers

I’m working with my dad on a Ikea hacking/DIY project for my kitchen. It’s been an amusing experiment in the classic design team vs. engineering team dynamic that is the foundation of a lot of really uninteresting industry humor in the jobs I’ve had for the last eight years.

Excerpts from email dialog that are likely amusing to no one but myself:

Fee negotiations by my father: “I think assembly/construction/transportation could be accomplished for a modest fee. Like pie.”

My father on the quality of my schematic drawings, “You have been hanging around with artichokes too long.”

Me, on a comment he made about one of my suggestions for cabinet modification, “And so the design team and the engineering team disagree!”

Me, on a suggestion made by my mother, “Mom is suggesting an unecessary scope change.”