Remember my last few posts which are a blend of humor and professional advice… here we go again. It’s another fun fun article.

This time I have made a list of 15 signs which if you have in yourself, you can’t be a designer. And to end, I have added a few professional quick tips. You should comment and tell me how many signs did you find in yourself from the list.

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“There’s a difference between being creative and being stupid.”

1. You can’t remember what RGB and CMYK stand for.

2. You use Internet Explorer to test your web designs.

3. You don’t know any alternative to Photoshop.

4. You always have your Facebook opened.

5. You wanna become a programmer.

6. You bought a Mac to look kool.

7. You are not interested in photography.

8. Your desktop doesn’t contain a clutter of icons.

9. You don’t know the difference between serif and sans-serif.

10. You keep checking the latest scores of the match while working.

11. You have no intention of being able to draw with pencil.

12. You don’t frequently study

13. You don’t know who Paul Rand is.

14. You yawn a lot.

15. You are not a designer if you are on this page and trying to figure out whether you are a designer or not…

Wrong Mindset

Designing is a brain job

You might be a good designer but if you don’t have the attitude and aptitude towards the profession, you can lose the game.

You hate talking to clients: no IT professional likes clients when they are stupid but we do have to do that. If we don’t absorb the client’s mentality, we can never create satisfying results.

You design what you like: let me tell you an incident of ourselves, our chief designer never liked gradients, but our boss did. The junior got promoted over his designs full of gradients and the chief couldn’t believe it. Chief was right, gradients are not in trend now but the boss didn’t care. It is important to design what the user demands, not what you like.

You don’t have peace-of-mind: designing needs creativity and you can’t have it until you are loved by your friends and family. Your friends will likely be from the same profession but family isn’t you’ll have to be Non-Geek for them.  Help them out in routine day-to-day stuff and socialize in their manners.

You don’t care much about the office environment: whether you work from home or you have an office, it is vital that you keep yourself and buddies motivated. Make work feel less like work…

You never exactly have a what, why and how: when you start your work, you don’t have an action-plan. You should have clear objectives. You should know the target audience, client preferences, your limitations and deadline.


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