The Funny Side of Graphic Design: The Mistakes - Part II

rabbit-in-the-hatNow You See It. Now You Don't
With the advent of Photoshop and other graphics editing programs, the proverbial Pandora's Box has been opened.

Along with the immense power and usefulness of these software tools, there also exists greater risks of producing visual errors.

Graphic design colleges help us to strengthen our design skills, but oversights in details can produce odd and unintentional humor in graphic design.

The following examples not only give us some good chuckles, but will help us to be more careful when we design.

Parlez-vous Français?
You may not speak French but you can see that this advertisement for the French newspaper France-Soir is filled with energy and motion. The Photoshopped ad is a good idea and sends the message that even if you are busy, you can still take time to read France Soir.

But What Is Wrong?
If you look closely at the two flight attendants quickly walking to the left, you'll notice that it appears to be a Photoshopped double of the same woman. This isn't a problem as this "cut and paste" technique is routinely used by graphic designers.

But by Photoshopping the model's twin, the graphic designer failed to catch an error regarding the attendant in the background. Her left leg mysteriously disappears behind the leg of the other woman in mid stride.
Give the Man a Hand(s)
In 1984 a film was made about the exploits of a fictional rock band named Spinal Tap. A DVD was produced years later of live concert performances by the original cast members. The website displays the three actors as they appear today.

But What Is Wrong?
The band member in the center of the group portrait looks happy enough. The band member to his left is apparently putting his hand on the man's shoulder.

But upon closer inspection there is a phantom hand on the man's opposite shoulder as well. Does his friend have three hands or was it just an unfortunate Photoshop mistake? We certainly hope it is the latter and not the former.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...
Looking at a shiny surface produces a mirror image of you. This principle is the same for producing rubber stamps. The stamped image is a mirror image of the stamp surface.

The Stampy is a concept for an invention that allows you to take a picture of an object or person and have it digitally transformed to a digital rubber stamp. The device is not in production but was a creative thinking idea from a graphic designer.

But What Is Wrong?
The original instructions on how this invention would work are laid out in several steps. The photo for step two demonstrates the final result of the stamping process.

But look closely and you'll discover that the face of the digital stamp and the stamped image on the paper are one in the same; there is no mirror image as it should be. Whoops!

An Oldie but a Goody
The movie "Mr. Mom" was reissued as a DVD in 2000. The plot is about a man who is laid off from work and finds himself in a humorous role-reversal; he becomes the soccer mom homemaker, while his wife becomes the wage earner.

The DVD cover art shows Michael Keaton and Teri Garr in their respective roles.

But What Is Wrong?
As hard as it is to believe, the mistake in the cover art has been left unchanged for a decade. If you look at the actress you'll see that her legs mysteriously vanish into thin air behind her briefcase.

graphic-designer-at-drawing-tabletFinal Words
The old saying that states "everyone makes mistakes" is an accurate one. But for graphic designers and art directors mistakes can be reproduced millions of times in print and on the Internet for millions to see.

Graphic design schools provide the necessary experience and career education to become good designers.

However, the tasks of making sure the details in your work are correct fall squarely upon you. Carpenters like to say "Measure twice. Cut once," as a way to remind them of being accurate when making something. Perhaps graphic designers can modify this advice and say, "Draw once. Look twice or more."

We hope you've enjoyed this article. Until next time, take care and keep on designing!

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