I just read an article published on a popular stock photo web site I utilize a lot. It is located at: http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=1518%20%20&isource=EN_PHOTOARTICLE. 

The article describes, in soft and funny quips, their take on what it means to be a designer. I laughed, out loud, for several seconds, at the author’s musings. Here’ s summary of their findings, as well as my personal assessment on each point.

Graphic Designers:

1. Spend the majority of time in A: Our Own World or B: Lala Land.
I would catagorize this as a certain TRUTH. (We) have the courage or the burning desire, to be anywhere else. Personally, to be everywhere, simultaneously. For clients, this is a bonus because we can take you or your audience to places they haven’t imagined yet.

2. We see green. TRUTH. (We care for the environment relentlessly.) Basically, we’re all good people.

3. Finding the right image for a project is like finding a million dollars. FALSE. Finding the perfect image for a project is like finding a trillion dollars. And, if we can’t find it, we will create it.

4. We have the attention of a goldfish.


OH! Sorry, I lost my place…oh yes, the attention of a goldfish. (Apologies for that over-used and tired clichéd time-stop.) If we do, in fact, have more on our mind, it is spaced evenly between “command-z” aka “undo,” and “I need a bigger monitor;” or “Bacon,” (in my case, Veggie Thai Rolls). SEMI-TRUTH. I admit that when I work hours-on-end on the same project, I do check the “before” and “after,” constantly analyzing which works best. And, yes, ingest a roll or two, in the process.

5. We’ve trained our brains to think rectangularly.
NOTSOMUCH. Granted, many of us do, but I would surmise that these days, at least half of us (obviously and especially, we package designers) think in 3D—and rectangularly, squarely, cylindrically, etc. 

6. We pray for a “Unicorn Deathmatch.” NO COMMENT. I’m climbing off of the Unicorn wagon right now.

7. We see the world in fonts. TRUTH. My ego smiles every time I see the font, “Anastasia”—albeit mostly on diner menus or marquees…. Personally, I spend more time deciding if I want to use a space before and after an em-dash or not.

8. Our schedule is like a that of a night club. TRUTH. Which is one reason we work well internationally. Actually, most of us are ever-accommodating. That, or perfectionists, usually one of the two.

For all that we designers are, we love what we do and hopefully, do it well. 

I’ve made a lot of comments on behalf of designers everywhere. If you are a designer (or a member of the general audience) and have more to say, or share, please do! 



June 7, 2013

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