OH, GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Design is my life. It's my passion, it's my career, and it can also be my arch nemesis.  Some days I can't imagine my life without it (well everyday, even the days I curse it), but other days I totally try to imagine my life without it. I guess the hardest part to being a graphic designer is client's expectations vs. design aesthetic. I think anyone in the profession, no matter student or seasoned professional, gets frustrated when someone disagrees with our design, dislikes it, or down right tears it apart. It's like telling a writer how to write or telling a surgeon where to cut (I can't remember who said the surgeon bit, but I give them props). As a graphic designer we are the professional, this is our thing, not to say we're never wrong or we know everything, because this is not true of anyone in any profession, but most of the time we know what direction the client should go in, and we try to direct them there.

The thing that's terribly hard about being in a creative profession is that everything is our baby, whether we want to admit it or not. It's born from our minds, and when someone (often someone who doesn't know the first thing about what type, layout, or color even means) tells us we're wrong we take offense. How could we not?  It's our baby! I guess I struggle with that on a daily basis. I create something, think it's fabulous, and then comes the criticism, not to say criticism isn't warranted, helpful, or useful (sometimes), but it doesn't take the sting out. On these days I throw my hands up, curse why I'm a graphic designer, take a step back, and then go back to the drawing board.  Do I enjoy this?  No, but it's what has to be done.  This is not to say I don't direct the client when I out and out know they are wrong, but my only reasons for doing this are to help them get their brand, product, etc, out there in the best possible way.

I suppose my point in this post is to create something other designers will relate to, to clue the non-designers into our world, and to let them know at the end of the day we just want what's best for them, and often times we know better than they could even dream, that's why they pay us the big bucks!  I hope no one out there takes offense to this because if just anyone could do what we do it wouldn't be a difficult profession to be in, but sometimes we just want others to see and truly appreciate what we do for the world. Without us, the world wouldn't be nearly as colorful, and to me, that would be tragic.  

Cheers!

Artwork used can be found on my Pinterest.