You Know You're A Designer When...

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Intel Inside, May 31, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
    You buy a pack of gum, just for the packaging,
    Look at Comic Sans MS and "worst font ever" comes to mind,
    Have your own website dedicated to Design

    Share your own...
  2. macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    you always judge a book by its cover
    your weekly sermon is to download iStockphoto's free image of the week.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2008
    You see a Dulux 'We know the colours that go' van, look at the two colours on the van and think 'do these colours actually go?'.
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    • You know the CMYK splits for a number of Pantone solids by heart
    • You can tell who knows what they're doing with type by looking at the spaces between words and the ends of the lines
    • You don't hate any colour, they all have their uses
    • You miss the smell of squeakers (as we used to call them) and the chalkiness of gouache
    • You chafe, by instinct, against using A sizes for anything... despite practicality
    • You pull apart cereal boxes and other packaging just to look at the spot plates on the bars
    • You secretly start from the premise that the client is always wrong, in some way or another
    • You have a love-hate relationship with printers, reps and pre-press guys (they're always guys)
    • You do some of your best work listening to music, not sitting in silence
    • You do some of your best work at 2am
    • You really really like Helvetica, especially Neue, but never use it
    • You really do care about matte displays
    • You have a lot of black clothes... but you're not a goth
    • You wish life had a history palette
    • You post in threads like these, instead of working on that project that's causing problems
    • You type your bullets
  5. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
  6. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    When you know when to use "your" as a opposed to "you're." :)
  7. macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    Taos, NM
    When to use an "En" dash and when to use an "Em" dash– in design, not HTML.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    You constantly think 'Apple+Z' when you screw something up in real life.
    You do hate flash sites.
  9. macrumors regular

    May 24, 2007
    You get annoyed when driving past gas stations and notice they have put the "8"s in the price signs upside down.
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    Taos, NM
    You're sitting in traffic and you start re-designing everything you see– billboards, signs, bumper stickers– by reflex.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    Eastern WA - USA
    You know you are a designer when...

    You take your Pantone Swatch Book to the hardware store to buy paint.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    You repeatedly find yourself looking at packaging and wondering whether you're the only person in the whole world who knows that if you baseline shift text on a path down a few points, it stops doing those horrible gaps opening up between the bottom of the characters when the text hits a particularly tight curve in the path.

    Seriously. It's everywhere. Don't they teach kids anything these days?

    Also: if you absolutely must use ComicsCartoon, there are extrabold variants of all the numbers, and punctuation, built into the font. It's ALT-SHIFT and whatever key you would normally press.


  13. macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    #13 absent-mindedly start proofing menus in restaurants, instead of choosing your meal.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    You know you're a designer when you spend your money on projects rather than a holiday or uni
  15. macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2008
    When you spend 2 months wage on color calibration hardware and a A3 printer, rather than get a Car...
  16. macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    You start naming and criticizing fonts at inopportune times (i.e. on a date, at the movies, in the airport...)
  17. macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2008

    On my first date with my wife I did this. Me "do you know what the name of that font is?" pointing to the menu at the restaurant. My wife "What? Font? umm no". Me "Its copperplate gothic bold." feeling good about myself. My wife " know what font that is huh?". Me "Yes!" now feeling like a total loser.

    Its ok I guess my nerdiness charmed her in some way or another.

    Ok so here's one of my own
    You know you're a desiner when you can point out in movies, tv shows, etc. that the computer that is being used is a mac, and you can either name the model number or the generation of the computer.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    #18 spend more time and money on your portfolio than you do on your clothes to present it.
  19. macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Been there, done that :D
  20. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    That you believe you're inherently better than other people.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    Um...we are!

    You've got to be your own #1 fan. No one else is going to be :)
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
  23. macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2003
    When you keep walking into Lush stores just to look at the writing on the chalkboards.

    Lush USA
  24. macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You name fonts used on commercials, posters and packaging in your head.

    When you get a new apron at work, you do your name in helvetica...
  25. macrumors 65816

    Andrew K.

    Jul 9, 2008
    You change one color by 1/16 a shade and it looks completely different to you.

    You look at anything in Papyrus and throw up in your mouth a little bit.

    You always think of ways a local business can change their logo ( especially here in El Paso, TX where everything looks like it was done in MS Paint or Word Art!!! )

    You judge every business card you're given.

    You bookmarks contain: fonts, other design blogs, brushes, Photoshop stuff (I'm still a newb sorta ) :D and random sites that have nothing to do with design, you just like the logo.

    my site is in my sig.

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