15 Little Confessions of Graphic Designers You’d Never Expect

15 Little Confessions of Graphic Designers You’d Never Expect

Not all designers are perfect Mac-owning, Flash-loving, kern-crazy goody-goodies. In fact, most of us have made more than a few mistakes that we are terrified to admit. Thankfully, a handful of brave designers over at Creative Market have swallowed their pride and fessed up to some of the most egregious crimes in graphic design.

Read on to learn the 15 guiltiest secrets these graphic designers needed to confess to for a clean conscience.


    1. I Totally Auto Traced It.

    Designers who do this are like the kids who trace comic book images and submit their copies as art projects.


      2. Sometimes I Really Miss Flash.

      Ever since Steve Jobs vindictively killed Flash Player, designers’ jobs have been marginally more difficult.



        3. I Still Can’t Find the Arrow in the FedEx Logo.

        Even people with keen eyes for shape and pattern have a hard time picking out design tricks.


          4. I Really Thought the Dress Was White and Gold.

          Graphic designers aren’t always the definitive source of design info. For the best results, you should rely on reporting software  — or at least the explanation of the original designer of the dress.


            5. I Used Helvetica in a Logo (Again…).

            Helvetica is professional, precise, and expected — which is exactly why so many designers hate to love it.


              6. I Once Got a Tattoo in Helvetica.

              Okay, even we admit that this is going a little far.



                7. I’m Actually Color Blind.

                A) This designer is a savant at design and outstanding and what they do.

                B) They should really have chosen a different professional field.


                  8. The Project Went to Print With a Typo.

                  If the client didn’t notice, you are probably in the clear — just don’t include that project in your portfolio.


                    9. I Really Hate Flat Design.

                    Flat design is so trendy that even Microsoft has flattened and thinned everything about Windows 10.



                      10. I Used Comic Sans Once in the ‘90s.

                      We all did, my friend. We all did. The ‘90s were just a tragically simpler time.


                        11. I Took That Image From Google.

                        When you’re short on time and ideas, you can always turn to Google — even when you really shouldn’t.


                          12. I Almost Never Kern.

                          If you don’t know what kerning is, the entire design world envies your innocence. If you do know what kerning is, you probably want to throttle this designer.



                            13. I Have No Idea How to Use the Pen Tool.

                            Honestly, we applaud your ability to progress at all in the graphic design field without it.


                              14. I Don’t Own a Mac.

                              How do you even get work done in between all the viruses and unexpected crashing of PCs?


                                15. I Always Name Fonts Out Loud When I See Them.

                                “Helvetica.” “Helvetica.” “Helvetica, again.” It’s okay, your super skill really isn’t all that impressive to fellow designers.

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                                8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

                                8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

                                We’ve all got our enemies; people who take pleasure in causing us pain and misery. Sometimes, the development of an enemy is due to certain differences in your characters and events have led to that. Other times, some people end up hating you for apparently no reason at all.

                                Regardless of how you got this enemy, as opposed to the paradigm of fighting fire with fire, consider the following reasons and see why you should actually appreciate your enemies. This article will show you not only how to not be bothered by your enemies, but how to actually foster love for them.

                                Read on to learn the secret.

                                1. It’s a practical lesson in anger management

                                To be honest, your enemies are the best people to help you understand your sense of anger management. When it might be true that your enemies have a way of bringing out the worst in you as regards anger, it is also true that they can help you in your quest to have that anger managed. You can’t get truly angry at someone you love and it is only in that time when you get truly annoyed that you learn how to manage it.


                                Anger management is more effective when it is in practice and not in theory

                                Your enemies are like the therapists who you need, but actually don’t want. Inasmuch as you might want to hate them, they provide you an opportunity to control the anger impulse that you have.

                                2. It’s an opportunity for healthy competition

                                You might not know it, but your enemies make for great rivals as they help harness the competitor in you (sometimes, you might not even know or bee conversant with this competitive side until you come across an adversary). You get the right motivation to compete and this can go a long way to spur you to victory.

                                However, while doing so, it is also essential that you remember not to become a worse version of yourself while competing. Working against an adversary is tricky, and you need to ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or your morals in the process. Healthy competition is all you need to get out of this.


                                3. Their negative comments can help you make a breakthrough

                                It is true that your enemies never really have much good to say about you. However, in as much as they might be talking out of a place of hate, there might be some truth to what they’re saying.

                                To wit, whenever you hear something mean or nasty from an enemy, you might want to take a step back and evaluate yourself. There is a chance that what this enemy is saying is true and coming to face that fact is a major step in helping you to become a better person overall. This is another testament to the fact that enemies can be therapists in their own way.

                                4. Enemies can also be powerful allies

                                Loving your enemies can also mean making an effort to interact and make peace with them. In the end, if you are able to establish some common ground and patch things up, you’ll have succeeded in making another friend. And who doesn’t need friends?

                                This can also help you in working with people in the long run. You get to hone your inter-personal skills, and that can be a big plus to your ledger.


                                5. It gives you the ability to realize positivity

                                In a multitude of negativity, a speck of positivity always seems to find its way through.

                                Sometimes, a knowledge of the fact that you have enemies will also help you to focus on the many positives and good things that are in your life. A lot of times, we neglect what really matters in life. This can be due to being overly concerned with the enemies we have.

                                However, it is also possible for this acknowledgement to spur you to take a step back and appreciate the goo things (and people who surround you).

                                6. There might just be a misunderstanding

                                Sometimes, the reason why you have an enemy might be something very innocuous. You might not have known the cause of this fractured relationship and your enemy will help complete the picture.


                                Simply approaching them will help you to understand the reason for the fracture. This, in turn, can help you to work towards healing your relationship moving forward. Misunderstandings happen, and you need to be able to work around them.

                                7. You learn to appreciate love as well

                                A constant reminder of the fact that there are enemies will also help you not to take those who love you for granted. Love and hate are two opposing emotions and it is possible for one to momentarily overshadow the other.

                                However, while you’ll always have enemies, there will also always be people who love you. These people need to be appreciated for what they do for you. Never let the hate projected to you from your enemies take the place of that.

                                8. Do you really need the hate?

                                The truth is that enemies bring only toxic emotions and generate bad reactions from you. If you’re truly to live a prosperous life, you can’t really be carrying all this baggage around.

                                Hate is bad and you should try all you can to get rid of it. It is a well-known fact that nobody can get really far in life while carrying a lot of emotional baggage. Well, hate is the biggest form of emotional baggage there is.

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