The notion of defending design for me is all wrong. Design either serves the purpose or doesn’t, irrespective of our best defences. However there’s an elephant in the room that’s worth pointing to. Designers generally are creative-types, right-brained individuals who more often than not get personally invested in their creative outputs.
Last week my wife convinced me to watch the 1940s Christmas film "A miracle on 34th street" because she heard it was good. I can't stand Christmas movies and not a big fan of 1940s cinema either (admittedly I know nothing about it). But reluctantly I said yes, because she's usually right, so who am I to argue? Turns out she was right... again - I thoroughly enjoyed it!