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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.

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.

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

4. The fine arts majors look down on you.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

24. Two words: computer crash.

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...