The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang

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I had a call the other day with a potential client, where I used the words “wordmark” and “logo”. As a designer, we all know that these are 2 different things and we can define each one separately. As a client, not so much. After a short period of time discussing it, he let me know he was currently googling the difference because he didn’t know what I was talking about.

We sometimes assume that others know what we know. Not everything of course because well, we all know how “not smart” some clients are. For example, we all know not to assume that a client knows the difference between an image on their computer screen and an image that can be printed or the difference between a image pulled from facebook verses the original image. See the first and last pictures on “What Not to Say to a Graphic Designer”.

It’s all design speak, right..? And how we see things as designers. Like when you (the client) wants to be trendy *designers across the world shiver*. Trendy is not a good thing; trendy is ‘a dirty word in the design world, referring to a solution that appeals to the short-lasting whims of society. The opposite of timeless.’ We want timeless

And then there are the things that our clients say that they hope is covering up what they really mean. For example, “I showed this to my (insert important person in client’s life) and he/she said…”. Which we all know means “I don’t like the concept, but would rather attribute the criticism to someone else, so you don’t think I’m the one who thinks this is shit.”

We’ve all heard them all… and this person put together a dictionary of them some really funny ones. Its a little lengthy but its definitely a good read if you have some time.

The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang


9 Things We [Designers] Do That We’ll Never Admit…

Graphic Design, Humor, Selling Yourself

One thing I remember being taught in school is, its okay to steal. I’m talking art here, people. Of course, my teacher clarified that with steal to inspire your own work not steal to replicated exactly. All designers steal (that’s not an admission of guilt…), its just one thing we just choose not to admit to anyone outside the art community.

I found a list of the top 9 things designers do that they will never admit to..

1. Steal Stuff

As I mentioned above we all steal for inspiration but this talks more about physical objects, and I’ll admit, I’m totally guilty of this. I like to steal pencils/pens cool markers. If someone lets me borrow them, I sometimes just wait until they ask for it back, in which case they never do. The article states I’m not a criminal though, I’m just “good at gathering.”

2. Procrastinate for longer than is healthy

I didn’t realize I did this until I read the descriptions about organizing your Computer Arts by issue number.. Communications Arts..

3. Overpromise

4. Use fashionable design approaches rather than developing a new paradigm

5. Hate their own work

Yup, we all do.

6. Work in our jim-jams (pjs)

Yes, but admit it everyone really does this if they are working from home.

7. Buying a product for its packaging rather than what’s inside

Guilty. Actually, I’m not really ashamed to admit that one. I’m a sucker for packaging.

8. Add comments to signs, or scribble out misplaced apostrophes

9. Know the hexadecimal,RGB, CMYK or Pantone reference for colors

Yes, but only my company colors.

What do you do as a designer that you would never admit..?