You Know You’re a Graphic Designer When…

You have bags under your eyes so big you’d have to check them in at Heathrow Airport

You watch the superbowl just for the commercials

You can spot bad typography from 100 yds away

You are pro-facebook because 95% of the myspace accounts burn your retinas

You can name more than 200 fonts in under five minutes

You are completely immune to subliminal advertising

You look upon a well-designed project with either:
sympathy OR extreme jealousy

Your hand is permanently stuck in the shape of a mouse

You tell stories of exacto-knife inflicted wounds with grizzled sort of pride

You practically take caffeine intravenously

You have an appreciation for everything unique

You’ve been spending three days non-stop on a project and it still looks like shit. You find yourself overcome by Deathlust.

“You find your pulse increase at the sight of a lovely ligature, glasses steam up when an unusually elegant arm, leg, or tail comes in view, and a well-kerned paragraph is apt to make you break into a sweat with excitement.”

“You know you’re a Graphic Designer when… you buy a CD or DVD for the artwork, even if you have no idea what the actual music or film is like”.
(even worse, you don’t actually watch or listen to it, just stare at it for hours and hug it in adoration)

“You know you’re a Graphic Designer when… you look at the clock and see it’s about midnight and think ‘I’ll go to bed now’… and you actually go to bed about 2-3am”.

“You know you’re a Graphic Designer when… you need someone else to point out that you’re sitting in a room in front of the computer with all the lights off, and haven’t noticed”

“…when you know what “kerning” is and you really, really like it.”

“… when you wear two [ke] [rn] pins on your bag, and only you know what the mean. To others its probably a band of sorts..”

Forget the boy-wonder and the man of steel; your heroes have names like ‘Tibor Kalman’, ‘Stefan Sagmeister’, ‘Paul Rand’, and ‘Paula Scher’.

You don’t wear black to look cool, you wear it to hide the gauche.

You have a thing for chairs. You don’t know why.

You giggle whenever you use the colors F0CCED, EFF0FF and 44DDDD

You’re in the sun and you look around for a Drop Shadow to sit under.

You give your relatives a lecture about color spaces and profiles when you email them your vacation photos.

Seeing someone use Lens Flare or Comic Sans adversely affects your blood-pressure

You maintain a grid system for your refrigerator magnets.

You organize your CD collection according to the Pantone chart.

You sit at work for eight hours straight just looking at your monitor, waiting for a spark of inspiration that doesn’t come.

You’re up ’til 5am because you came up with the best idea ever while brushing your teeth.

The hottest dream you ever had was “Trace contour… Find Edges… Pinch… Extrude… Smudge Stick… Motion Blur…. Sprayed Strokes…”

You know Lorem Ipsum by heart.

Your kid knows Lorem Ipsum by heart.

The preschool teacher complains your child won’t color inside or outside the lines – only indicate colors on a separate sheet.

Activating your entire font collection makes your computer crash

You deliberately butcher your perfectly cross browser compatible site in IE by placing a “Too Cool for IE” banner on it.

You prefer a Layer Style of 50% Opacity (or less) on your wife’s Satin.

You spend $200 on a font for your personal website because “it’s the only one where the lower-case g is just right…”

Looking at a menu make you go “hmmm, ITC Baskerville italic” rather than “mmmm, lunch!”

And when you finally order, you go for Layer Based Slices with Grain Texture…

You use words about fonts you dislike that other normal people reserve for fascist dictators and serial killers.

Apple+Z is the first thing that goes through your mind if you drop and break something.

You refer to colleagues as Strict, Transitional, Loose and the Future Unemployed.

You refer to your privates as “the Magic Wand”.

You know that rivers are more than just water.

Your best friends are all employees at the local print shop

The only people who seem to know what you do for a living are other Graphic Designers (ex: Graphic Design? What’s that? You’ll never be able to make a living being an
artist!)

Kerning and leading on your shopping list actually matters to you, and you don’t see a problem with that.

Several South American economies suffer noticeably any time you try to give up coffee, or even cut your consumption of it by half.

You know that “bleeding” doesn’t hurt.

when your significant other/ friends have threatened to never speak to you again if you point out one more font to them.

when you know the difference between fuchsia, magenta, and maroon.

If you could go back in time you wouldn’t go back to see the rise and fall of civilizations, you’d go back in time to destroy comic sans and papyrus.

You Know You’re a Graphic Designer When deciding on the right crop doesn’t involve a choice between corn or wheat.

You’ve considered naming your children things like ‘Kern’, ‘Pica’, ‘Bézier’, and ‘Serif’.

You can understand everything on this list.

Share this with another Graphic Designer. We all love our craft and always work way too hard. The rewards, though, is always worth it. We are a unique breed.

Share your knowledge and laugh at yourself. Don’t point and laugh at people who are still learning. We all have room for improvement. Design is never finished, because it can always be better.

We can always be better.

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Comments
26 Responses to “You Know You’re a Graphic Designer When…”
  1. Santadelic says:

    I can identify myself with more than 10 examples… is my health at risk? is there a cure?…

  2. Bram says:

    soooooooo true! i’m good for at least 20 off them!

    fun stuff!

  3. Tabatha says:

    Yes, such a great list of the Graphic Designers problems & lifestyle that just can not be shared with non-Graphic Designers. I still get 90% of people asking me, Graphic Design? What is that again?! Like I made the darn job up & I just went to college for the student loans.

  4. Rick says:

    WOW! I am among friends! Designers unite! ;0)

  5. Josh says:

    Ok I am in so much trouble. Is this contagious cuz it most of the conditions listed are ones that I suffer from. I hope they don’t find a cure though. It is much to fun

  6. EnhaleOwele says:

    If you are a real estate professional, be really careful in dealing with KoRes Corp. in Weston Florida. Tulio Rodriguez & Monica Cataluna-Shand are shysters and look for anyway to steal ones customers. They attempt to steal your client by requesting their contact information and later contact them behind your back to get them to deal with them directly.

  7. Hema says:

    couldn’t figure out “44DDDD”…help!
    rest is awesome!

  8. Ahahahahaha…love it!!!!!…and i did giggle just the other day using EFFoFF
    thanks for the laff

  9. Katie says:

    Ahh that last one kills me. My design teacher named her daughter Cyan. =]] Hahah

  10. daniel says:

    this is so fucking geeky

  11. card says:

    Fantastic blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any
    forums that cover the same topics talked about in this
    article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get suggestions from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!

  12. Design Geek says:

    While applying for health insurance, I was asked for my profession. The customer service rep couldn’t find “graphic designer” on the category list, so she chose “professional” instead. I was so happy — at last, someone recognizes that what I do for a living requires more than a simple “point and click!”

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