I think regardless what you do, engineer, artist, designer, copy-writer... we've all had PHBs providing "helpful input" before.
OnlineLion's story makes me a particularly sad panda, but I am not surprised. When they say "Keep the design simple" they're not worried about the difficulty viewers will have in discerning the intricate calligraphy, they mean "Keep it simple enough that idiots can laugh too" A flaccid pencil says it all.
I used to work in an animation studio. When the bosses decided they wanted a new logo, they detailed a few (not me) to come up with some thumbnails. When I saw the designs I thought choosing just one would be the only problem; the logo prototypes were filled with visual puns on the name of the company and were inventive and appealing.
They finally went with a doodle the Office Manager took ten seconds to do of a flaccid pencil.
True story. Even creative industries aren't immune to this mentality.
It doesn't make them more "artistic," it introduces them to new techniques and styles they may have not been aware of before, while also giving them the materials (studios, models, etc.) necessary to practice. Considering most art schools require a portfolio to gain admittance, none of them claim to make you more artistic.