Can design benefit the designer's inner self? / by David Hu

Confucius once said, "One's passion stems from poetry; judgment formed by the study of propriety; and character completed by the study of music."

Confucius valued poetry (a highly regarded art form in his time), propriety, and music. In fact, he went as far as saying that these pursuits formed the basis of a good person. Beyond scholastic knowledge, can the act of designing contribute in some fundamentally beneficial way to the designer's inner self? If not, can designers pursue design in such a way that it can do so?