The Current World: I think it’s difficult to find common ground when we can’t even agree on which direction the ground is and whether it’s on a round planet or not (it is). Start with facts, and then primary beliefs that can’t be proven or disproved, and work from there I guess. In the meantime, try to hurt others as little as you can manage.
Design & Art: For me, Art is expression and beauty and perception and the interplay therein. Design, on the other hand, is something else. Design can be artful. It can be beautiful and expressive, and most definitely utilizes perception. However, where Art is expression, Design is a solution. As such, every solution requires a good problem. So, the first step is to discover and understand the problem. Then, Design can step in and artfully solve it. Discuss.