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The 25 Worst Things About Being A Graphic Designer Today

The road to good design is riddled with little annoyances.

1. Buying a computer is the least of any design student’s concerns.

Get used to carrying around all this stuff on a daily basis. And buying more supplies each time something runs out. Which is like, all the time.

2. You have to stand up in front of the class and let people pick apart the thing you spent 10 hours on the night before.

That’s a lot to take for a budding insomniac who also had to draw 100 different thumbnails for the next class.

3. Then, you have to do the same to everyone else.

How do you say, “Actually, that looks horrible,” in a constructive way?

4. The fine arts majors look down on you.

But after graduation when they’re couch surfing, they’ll wish they majored in design too. So that’s OK.

5. After you graduate, you realize it’s not as easy to find a job as you thought.

There are tons of designers on your level competing for all the same jobs as you. Congratulations! You’re not special!

6. You inevitably resort to applying to jobs vaguely related to your field.

7. Everyone seems to be looking for designers with web and mobile experience these days, which is frustrating if your specialty is print.

Why didn’t I take more web classes? WHY?!

8. You try to freelance for extra cash. This will be a piece of cake!

…Maybe not.

9. Lots of people claim to be designers these days because they know how to use Photoshop…

10. …But they don’t actually know how to use any other equally important design program.

Haha, that’s cute. Now get out of here, scamp.

11. Meanwhile, some person you just met asks you to design a T-shirt, wedding invitation, or logo for the appealing price of… (Surprise!) zero dollars.

12. That’s probably because many people think designing is much easier than it actually is.

“You can just whip that up in an hour, right?”

13. To make matters even worse, some people devalue the entire creative community by doing things like THIS:

Is that really how much you think your work is worth? I didn’t think so.

14. No one outside of your field understands file types, sizing, raster, vector, typography, or really any crucial aspect of your work.

15. Getting stuck on a design means getting several of your designer friends to look over your work before you can continue.

16. You can only watch in horror as popular design trends become way too overplayed.

DEAR GOD I FEEL LIKE I’M WITNESSING A CRIME AND CAN’T REPORT IT.

17. Everyone raves about Helvetica like it’s the best creation known to man, and that’s only because it’s one of the only good fonts every non-designer knows.

I see your Helvetica and raise you… any number of other great fonts.

18. You spend all your earnings on books you will never read and products you will never use, just because of the irresistible packaging.

Shut up and take my money (that I was going to buy food with, but oh well)!

19. That’s just a temporary escape, though, because bad design haunts you wherever you go.

NO.

20. And sometimes, you see something so offensive that you are forced to offer to redesign it.

It’s the only way.

21. Any time you have to use a PC is a living nightmare.

22. The last time you bought new software was when you were in school, because you could only afford it with your student discount.

Actually, while we’re here, can we talk about this whole Creative Cloud thing?!

23. And speaking of expensive, forget trying to buy the nice fonts you need.

Ugh…but it’s so pretty!

24. Two words: computer crash.

The worst feeling in the world.

25. But there is something that haunts the dreams of designers more than anything else.

Come on, you know what it is.

It’s something that terrorizes millions of designers every day.

OK, I’ll tell you. Brace yourself. It’s…

WHEN PEOPLE TOUCH YOUR SCREEN.

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