O.K we all have our weird side, but what happens when your career actually makes you into a bit of a freak? Well here’s the curse of the graphic designer…
1) Any (and we mean ANY) form of mail rubbish (especially through the post), will get examined. ‘Oh the legibility of this Chinese take away is terrible! Just look at the lack of colour composition. To top it off they haven’t even got the grammar right!’
2) New logos get our full critical attention *cough* the Olympics 2012 logo *cough*
3) New advertisements whether viral, billboard, t.v, newspaper get the full works of the check list of determining a good designer: target audience considered? Art direction? Size, concept, and all the other nerdy stuff that goes along with it.
4) Even flyers from religious preachers will be analysed, for example the phrase: ‘If you died tomorrow where would you go?’ wouldn’t bother us… however, the typeface would.
5) Checking out the competition, is something we all do, it’s a natural way in keeping us motivated and on track and at times, inspired. It helps us question and work out how to stand out amongst them, this is understandable, especially considering the competitive side of the creative industry. However, one must keep their dignity and self-pride/ worth; a rise in new graphic designers like to be a little bit, how do we say it ‘too eager to please’ brown nosing will be a sure fast track in getting a head start. However, be warned, people can see the difference between ambitious, humble individuals and those who want to take short cuts with attention seeking ways… without a back bone. WE’RE ON TO YOU MAN! Stay true to yourself, hard work will show for itself.
6) Most will end up with specs, thanks to our obsession with getting the grid structure just right in Indesign. Cheers Adobe.
7) As well as being a designer, most people want you to be a coder for HTML websites, an artist for quick sketches as well a mind reader with magical abilities to please every client that walks through that door.
8) To have a thick skin and always have hope regardless of what people say to you or the financial climate of todays society and how it affects jobs/ careers.
9) To spend most of your wage on layout pads, flip files, marker pens, ink, printers, paper, stationary.
10) To spend half of your life on an Apple Mac and then to be completely overwhelmed when it’s time to use the dreaded, dodgy p.c that has a naff mouse. Which you struggle to get to grips with as it isn’t a trendy, touch sensitive pad that your used to, DAMN YOU APPLE!