Graphic Design: The Humorous Side of Things - Part III

fumbleMistakes Anyone?
Whatever you call them---mistakes, oversights, errors in judgment or just your plain old oopsies we've all pulled our share of slip-ups or miscalculations when designing something.

The problem with mistakes in graphic design is that they tend to multiply exponentially.

For instance: the client has an idea but has a design mistake. The designer includes the ill conceived mistake into the design, and the art director or editor approves it-for all to see.

In part three of Graphic Design: The Humorous Side of Things we'll see that the little mistake gremlins can have pretty funny results---unintentionally of course.

Enjoy and learn from the mistakes of others.

Remedial Math Needed
What better way to celebrate a milestone of an organization then to proudly display the dates of its inception and the date of celebration?

In this case, the magazine design layout presents a rather funny and embarrassing result.

It's apparent that the graphic designer wasn't trying to show a math problem but unfortunately underscored the dates in a way that the graphic looks like a subtraction problem; ergo 1992 subtracted from 2007 does not equal 25 years.

The humor is especially strong because the magazine article is about education. Oh, well.

Moral of this ad: Double check your design layout before you approve it.
As you'll see, graphic design (or a lack thereof) is important on the Internet as well.

It's hard to not smile and chuckle a little because the advertisement is about good website design and presenting a professional image.  Now, if we could just get over the beach balls and loud set design in this video, we might even believe the spokesperson's message. ;D

Moral of this ad: Video isn't exempt from graphic design principles.

When Graphic Designers Have Too Much Free Time
What do graphic designers do when they have a little free time on their hands? In this video they do wonderful things in their spare time.

Sometimes creativity can soar when the pressure is off of you. These examples aren't mistakes but are great examples of what your creative juices can do if you let them run wild.

Moral of this video: Take a break for fun.

Graphic Design School and You
While mistake gremlins always try to sneak into your designs you can prepare and prevent them by getting the proper training at the graphic design college of your choice.

You'll learn techniques and principles of design, art and layout to give you the best chance of designing pieces that can help you in your career. Keep your mistakes down to a minimum by paying attention to the details and obtaining a proper design education at a qualified graphic design school.

Next Time...
We hope you've enjoyed this series. We'll be back next time with some more articles on graphic design and how you can keep up with design trends.

Until then, keep on designing!

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