Any profession has its hidden side. For Design, There are many hidden sides. From few days I am working on the spec part of the Assisted Living Design Project. I found spec part very different. You need a lot of concentration and its far different from design. For design you can think ideas on a dining table, in a train or while you are walking but specs its completely impossible to do that. You have to be in place surrounded with many brochures, to call to grab some information simultaneously emailing and ordering sample. Many things going on at once. It is different an the necessary part to learn !