The Wit and Wisdom of Graphic Designers and Artists - Part II

thinker-and-computer1More Sayings and Truisms
No matter what job category you are in, you'll hear words of wisdom and witty sayings about your specific industry.

For carpenters it's "Measure twice, cut once." For the video game industry it's "Your personal life ends when crunch time (final deadlines) begins."

In The Wit and Wisdom of Graphic Designers and Artists - Part I we received insights from graphic designers and artists that were entertaining as well as thought provoking.

In part two of this series we'll put the spotlight on some of the more humorous witticisms from those who make creativity their living.

The Anonymous Creators
What changes the perception of the world we live in, has work that is admired and seen by millions, but remains anonymous? Answer: graphic designers.

"Being a famous designer is like being a famous dentist."

..........................- Noreen Morioka, award winning graphic designer

art-gallery-exhibits-2Journalists have bylines, photographers have special exhibitions at galleries, and artists sign their names on their works of art.

But when was the last time you saw an entertaining ad in a magazine or striking packaging design that gave credit to the graphic designer?

Graphic designers are the unsung heroes of creative design. They do so much to change our perceptions, opinions, and look of our world but for the most part, remain anonymous to Mr. and Ms. Average Citizen.

Graphic designers receive their grounding in career training by going to graphic design schools, their inspiration from the environment around them, and spend countless hours in their quest to formulate designs that can communicate a message or concept to the public.

They may not achieve rock star status in the world but you can be assured that behind every rock star or band, a graphic designer was responsible for the album art that sold millions of CDs to music fans.

hand-and-penThe Tools of the Trade Are Just Tools
There is a story about a photography student at a graphic design college who thought if he could just get his hands on an expensive, top-notch camera that his photos would improve dramatically.

After several months of saving his money he finally was able to purchase his dream machine.

He went to class and showed off his coveted camera to the other photography students. There were many "oohs" and "ahhs" from the envious onlookers as they marveled at the expensive high-end device.

After several weeks of shooting with the camera, the class noticed the composition and overall creativity did not increase one bit for the photographer.

This was rather puzzling until everyone realized that the only thing the photographer's new camera did was to make his mediocre photos look sharper.

"You can't do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously."

......................................- Wim Crouwel, Dutch graphic designer and typographer

computer-desk-designThe modern computer age has increased the creation of graphics and images more than anyone could have dreamed or imagined.

Computer graphics and image editing software make the tasks of editing, creating, and redesigning graphics as easy as a few clicks on a computer mouse (but not always).

But at the heart of any successful design is the individual--the graphic designer. Computer software and hardware are just the tools for creativity.

So the next time when we ogle a new whiz-bang graphics tablet, software program or fancy camera, let's remember that these items do not replace what is so precious in designers and artists---inspiration.

Next Time...
Our series concludes with more wisdom and advice from graphic design professionals. If you have any advice or thoughts about graphic design, feel free to post up your comments.

Until then, keep on designing!

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