Daily Design Terrors

— October 31, 2016

In the spirit of Halloween we thought it would be fun to compile a few daily design terrors that graphic designers run into more often than they should.


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Cringe-Worthy Typography


Cringe-worthy typography is one of those nightmares we can’t escape. It creeps up on us everywhere: websites, brochures, newsletters, and flyers. Restaurant menus seem to be the place it haunts us most. White space or hierarchy often doesn’t exist and they’re jam-packed with cutesy system fonts stretched to fit “perfectly”. The prices aren’t what have us quivering, it’s the lack of alignment!


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Coffee Shortage


“We’re out of coffee,” is already a horrifying thought to most, but watch out when a designer hears that. Add in a rush job for a client that needs to be done for EOD without a caffeine kick? Well… lets just say you might be seeing a real monster this Halloween before the sun goes down.


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Ghost Files and Broken Links


We call them ghost files because you can see them, but they’re not really there. Either you’ve received a Microsoft file with embedded images or you’ve opened an InDesign file containing broken links. Regardless of the situation, you’ll be miserably digging through your computer’s graveyard of files.


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The Spinning Wheel of Death


It strikes when you’re at your weakest. It threatens to erase the last 3 hours of unsaved work that’s due the next morning. Sometimes it leaves you unscathed and other times it finishes you with the “Adobe Illustrator has quit unexpectedly” alert. A harsh lesson we never seem to learn from…R.I.P. social life.


Tip: Save on your file after every major change or edit.


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Unnamed Layers


Working in someone else’s file can be a little scary and completely terrifying if it’s a cobweb of unnamed layers. Untangling the madness can be a lengthy process of trial and error.


Tip: Name your layers as you go. Use groups where it makes sense to (and name those too).


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Vague and Unjustified Feedback


Gathering feedback is important, but it can be a lot like trick-or-treating. You’re not quite sure what will happen after you ring that door bell. You could be pleasantly surprised with helpful, constructive notes. Or you might fall through a trap door into a pit of critiques such as “make the logo bigger”, “doesn’t pop enough” or “Could you jazz it up a bit?”. *Shudder*


Hint: Check out our “Why your Logo Doesn’t Need to be Bigger” blog.


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