Graphic Design: The Humorous Side of Things: Part I
Let's Have Some Fun
Designers, artists and those who work in the arts have a good sense of humor; it's an essential trait to have when faced with constant deadlines, pressures, and the high expectations that goes along with these jobs.
Watch this video and see if you can identify.
Humor finds itself in everyday situations because it usually points out a truth that most people can relate to. Graphic design is no different and if you have been in this career field or one that relies on creativity you know how it "only hurts when I laugh."
Changes for the Worse
The video you viewed holds a lot of truth in that it presents many of the "requests" you may have heard from clients regarding projects you have been hired to do.
The project you are working on could be an advertisement, a poster or a logo but sometimes the suggestions for changes do not make the design better.
Your job, as a graphic designer, is to correlate all the information necessary from the client to produce a piece that meets specifications, is professional looking and informative.
The Client is Sometimes Wrong
But in some cases the design guidelines from your client may not be the best graphic design. A common concern for some clients is too much "empty space" or lack of size. In the design world, negative space can help to enhance a design.
But in the client's eyes it may mean not getting enough for his money. In cases where the customer wants more color, size, or other "eye catching" graphics you may need to point out what works and what doesn't.
Graphic Design School and Proper Design
Because virtually everyone has access to a computer some think that the job of design is an easy one. All you need to do is to get some clip art, use the comic sans font, some bright colors and you're a designer!
Unfortunately bad design abounds in the world because of the misconception of "design is easy." Everyone may have access to some sort of graphics program but this doesn't mean they can automatically become David Carson.
Getting the proper education from a graphic design college is essential in understanding design concepts, art principles, and the numerous computer design software and hardware that are available today.
If you are interested in the field of graphic design there are online classes, graphic design schools and community colleges that provide the essential tools you'll need to get your graphic design career going.
In part two of Graphic Design: The Humorous Side of Things we'll see a re-dubbed dialogue track of a well known movie that demonstrates what can happen when a graphic designer takes a stand against corporate mediocrity.
Until then, keep on designing!