17 Ways To Make Graphic Designers Cringe

These gaffes and cliches will make your designer friends flip every table in sight.

1. Bad kerning (spacing between characters)

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See more examples at 11points.com.

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2. This typesetting

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3. These typesetting mistakes:

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4. Medley of “attitude” fonts

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5. Violating the Swiss Grid


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6. Big Red Text on movie posters

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7. The “I just learned Adobe Illustrator” look

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8. The “funkiest bistro in Connecticut” look

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9. Soothing corporate gradients

They don’t work on anything other than electronics ads, airline TV, and business hotel pamphlets. Putting this on a website is the easiest way to make it look like a B-rate scam site.

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10. Deviant Art cybergoth circa 2002

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11. Photo-manipulated selfies

Another great cliche of the early 2000s rave/EDM imagery.

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12. Way too twee

Overkilled in 2007.

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13. Generic Nightlife Flyers

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14. When clients suggest this

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15. And other dumb client instructions…

See: 18 Amazingly Stupid Things Clients Say.

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16. The Pen Tool in Photoshop

Yes, internet, a shameful admission: I suck at this thing.

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17. This

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