Tuesday, March 19, 2013

You might be a graphic designer if…

Today's post is brought to you by a trawl of the interwebs, some of my own experiences, and some observations of my graphic design friends. Enjoy and share!

1.      You drink and eat all kinds of weird shit just because you liked the packaging.
2.      You can't change a light bulb without making a sketch first.
3.      You'd rather study the paisley pattern on an outfit than listen to the conversation.
4.      You ask everyone's opinion about everything but then do things your way.
5.      You hate Comic Sans with the same passion you love Helvetica.
6.      You steal street signs.
7.      You use everything in other ways than what it really is: tickets as cards, cards as coasters, coasters as wall art…
8.      You consult the Pantone book when putting together an outfit.
9.      The orgasm you remember is when you heard that Adobe was acquiring Macromedia.
10.    Your book collection has children books next to travel guides and pulp fiction, because you group everything by illustration style.
11.    You see CMYK and RGB like Neo sees the Matrix.
12.    You wake up in the middle of the night screaming “The deadline is WHEN?”
13.    You can sight identify certain colors by their Pantone number or their web code.
14.    You hoard textures the way people who lived through the Great Depression hoard canned food.
15.    You’ve almost rear-ended the car in front of you because you were analyzing a font on a billboard.
16.    You spend hours trying to find the right black color.
17.    You can use keyboard shortcuts at light speed, blindfolded, but you can’t type a paragraph of text without staring at the keyboard.
18.    You’ve learned your lesson and stopped using the word “final” in any file name when saving.
19.    You don’t care that the food on your plate is touching, as long as there are no tangents or “kissing”.
20.    You can name more than 200 fonts in under five minutes.
21.    You are completely immune to subliminal advertising.
22.    Your hand is permanently stuck in the shape of a mouse.
23.    You tell stories of exacto knife inflicted wounds with a grizzled sort of pride.
24.    A well-kerned paragraph is apt to make you break into a sweat with excitement.
25.    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 the cover for hours.)
26.    You wear two [ke][rn] pins on your bag, and only you know what that means. To others it's probably a band of sorts.
27.    You have a thing for chairs. You don’t know why.
28.    You’re in the sun and you briefly wonder if you could adjust the brightness.
29.    You say something you wish you hadn't, and your hand twitches to hit [command]+Z.
30.    You organize your CD collection according to the Pantone chart.
31.    You’re up ’til 5am because you came up with the best idea ever while brushing your teeth.
32.    You know Lorem Ipsum by heart.
33.    The preschool teacher complains that your child won’t color inside or outside the lines – only indicate colors on a separate sheet.
34.    Activating your entire font collection makes your computer crash.
35.    Several South American economies suffer noticeably any time you try to give up coffee, or even cut your consumption of it by half.
36.    You spend $100 on a font for your personal website because “it’s the only one where the lower-case 'g' is just right.”
37.    You use words about fonts you dislike that other people reserve for fascist dictators and serial killers.
38.    Kerning and leading on your shopping list actually matters to you, and you don’t see a problem with that.
39.    You know that “bleeding” doesn’t hurt.
40.    You know the difference between fuchsia, magenta, and maroon.
41.    You once squeezed into a lane on a highway between two teal cars because you thought it was too much, and that your white car would break up the space a little.
42.   You can’t go to a restaurant without secretly critiquing the menu design.
43.   You have to walk away from your son’s Gingerbread house, because the urge to art direct is too strong.
44.   You miss the point of most ads, because you are too busy figuring out if the elements of it were Photoshopped.
45.   A quick post-it note takes you half an hour to do and five ruined pieces of paper, because you worry about your kerning and ligatures.
46.   When you want to convey how old-school you are, you start your story with “It was back when we had to use Amberlith”.
47.   You avoid certain online stores strictly because their web design offends you, even if they sell things cheaper.
48.   You are critical of the cloudy sky, because the clouds are not spaced out right and make the sky look unbalanced.
49.   Your explanation of how you cut your hand includes a phrase "the exacto blade that I keep on my night stand," and none of your friends questions that.
50.   You can understand everything on this list.

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