(You can buy this as an 11×17 poster from my online store here.)
When I was teaching Intro to Graphic Design, I would give a speech very similar to this comic. A lot of times people use a pencil to represent graphic designers (because we’re creative? We write things sometimes?), but I think this is a better analogy. Designers use creativity, but we are precise and analytical and, well, all the other things I mention in this chart.
Consider this my ode to designers.
A lot of times (especially lately) people have asked me what designers do. Or rather, assumed what designers do. Here’s what we don’t do:
- Sit on our asses until an idea strikes.
- Play around all day.
- Make things just look pretty.
- Throw things together.
- Consider the best solution to problems.
- Edit content to better make a point.
- Edit a layout to better emphasize content.
- Wonder how to best reach the goals of a project.
- Think about how one change may have 1,000 ramifications to other moving pieces of the project.
- Research what tools can best get the job done.
- Pay attention to every detail of the final result.
I’m sure I missed some. Help me fill them in the comments.