Graphic design can be frustrating. It’s especially frustrating working with folks who know very little about the field of design. Unfortunately, that leads to some pretty horrible situations. We thought it would be fun to put together a list of seven big nightmares that face graphic designers in their craft. And perhaps, through the humor and absurdity, we can find healing. Or maybe we’ll just laugh. Whatever works for you.
Churches are notorious for giving graphic designers huge blocks of text and tiny cards to print them on. It ends up leaving you 20 total pixels of white space and 10 pixels of design area.
It seems like the “most important” projects come with the lowest resolution photos. And contrary to popular belief, you can’t just make the picture bigger in Photoshop. It doesn’t work that way.
If a ministry head or pastor sends you their logo in a Word doc, you can be almost certain your problems are just beginning. Oh, the mysteries and frustrations that await you when you double-click that document.
Basically, when someone wants something to pop more, they actually asking for this. “Make the graphic seem like it’s yelling obscene words at me.”
Unfortunately, Photoshop and Illustrator are nothing like Excel. I can’t help you figure out spreadsheets. They make books for that.
I’m not sure the logo can ever be large enough for some people. “Until it dwarfs my 50″ plasma television, I’m gonna need that logo bigger.”
Using PowerPoint to design a graphic is like using a hammer to screw in a lightbulb. You can do it, but only if you want shards in your eye.
Your turn. What are some of the nightmares you’ve encountered as a graphic designer?