I know this is beating a dead horse. But this issue still bothers me. From design schools, trade schools, and associate degree programs to the droves of untrained second-career folks entering the design field, the attitude that design is a matter of manipulating software is prevalent.
I recently purchased a book from Amazon.com about illustrations that were done using Photoshop. Not a big deal. But then I get a list of suggested books I might like, and I get a list of Photoshop how-to books. Also, not a big deal. But it got me thinking. Why not a list of books about illustration? Why Photoshop? Because, that is what the majority of people want. They want to know how to create cool effects and logos using Photoshop.
Then I saw a TV advertisement for design training. And what do they advertise? "Create cool stuff using software programs. Isn't that a cool career?"
If anyone is tired of this besides me? Maybe no one really is, because few even know what they are missing.