My take on design
Design means a lot of different things to different people, this is my personal perspective on design:
Design is a process, not just a final lick of paint you put on an otherwise finished product. It's about people, not pixels.
Every design situation is as unique as the people it's designed for - people who are complicated, messy, and imperfect. This requires getting out and talking to them, gaining insight into their lives, making connections, and working to address their needs as part of a team.
Design for me, is about being intentional and pragmatic in approach, while in the service of real people. It requires thinking about the entire system and the individual interactions equally.