You’re a crap designer when …



You’re a crap designer when …

You’re fully dedicated to Photoshop filters. Filters are like jet-powered roller skates, you look at them, laugh at the stupid concept and walk away.

You use drop shadows on everything so much that you would name you twins Drop and Shadow.

You don’t design logos in vector format. I see you gasping; yes I’m talking to you with the gold tooth. Stop it, it’s as annoying like that reality show on on Mondays at 20:30.

You design logos in a couple of minutes. Logos need time to be conceptualised and implemented and no one wants premature ‘designalation’. Look it up, it’s a real condition.

You do layout in Photoshop. It’s not called ‘Layoutshop’. You don’t wear your monkey suit to a tennis match, do you? Wait, don’t answer that.

You use the Comic Sans font. I get a rash when I see this font. I’m sure there is a law against its use.

You think the ‘magic wand’ tool is a perfect replacement for the ‘pen tool’. It isn’t. This goes out to a particular tabloid magazine that regularly commits this sinful act. By the way, photographers are out to get you and those guys will catch you. They get lots of practise from being chased by rioters and lions.

You wear corduroy jeans. Cool people don’t wear corduroy.

You insist on using Pagemaker. If you don’t know Pagemaker, pat yourself on the back for not living a useless life.

You charge the prices of a bad designer. Charge your worth, if not more, or you might as well not put in the effort. Believe it or not, there are clients out there who will pay good money for quality work. Bad designers, ignore what I just said.

This is a list of common symptoms you may suffer from if you are a bad designer. Not to worry, there is an effective cure and it’s called ‘practice’. Most dieticians recommend a daily serving of two parts, reading and one part learning from a good designer. Good designers remember that December is “International Help a Bad Designer Month”. So please do your part for the community. And no, it’s not contagious, so you can get close to them.

PS: remember, bad designers need love too.

And the first step to recovery……. you know the rest.

Good designers, now it’s your turn. You’re a crap designer when … (Leave your comments below)

Creative Director. Founder of The SA Creatives. Designer, fine artist, writer, photographer & idea hunter. Arch enemy of Powerpoint. @artwelln


  • Reply December 6, 2011

    Dorianne Dutrieux

    You’re a crap writer when…

    You don’t proof read. 😛

    That being said, I agree with all of the above. Filters should be used sparingly and for very specific outcomes only (I use the bevels and drops for interface design in game HUDs, and drop shadows hidden in comic panels as “layer seperation” when elements are competing too much for attention; for example)

    Here’s a useful link to help educate comic sans offenders:

  • Reply December 6, 2011


    funny one. NICE!!\

    your a crap designer when…

    you dont use rules or guide lines.

  • Reply December 6, 2011

    Reverent V

    You’re a crap designer….
    When you don’t know what’s the different between RGB and CMYK.

  • Reply December 7, 2011


    Agree with V.

    Your a crap designer when…

    You completely disagree with the above article

  • Reply February 20, 2012

    Mpumelelo Macu

    Hahaha this is really funny.

  • Reply February 20, 2012

    Phaladi Khesa

    You are a bad designer when…

    you can’t draw the line between decorating and communicating…

    your design ignores the target audience…

    Dope article…

  • Reply February 20, 2013

    Sechaba Khoaele

    You’re a crap designer when…

    You use gradient fill with 5 different colour fills.

  • Reply June 6, 2013

    Edwin Soobramoney

    You’re a bad designer if you don’t start with pencil and paper when designing logos.

  • Reply November 15, 2013


    You a crap designer when you don’t know which dpi to use

  • Reply November 15, 2013


    You a crap designer when the printer guys mention bleed and you have no clue what they speaking of

  • Reply November 15, 2013


    You a crap designer when YOU DON’T CONVERT TEXT TO PATHS!!!

  • Reply November 15, 2013


    You a crap designer when you don’t know about vectors and rasters

  • Reply March 1, 2014


    …. Crap designer when you rasterize vector objects…

  • Reply March 1, 2014


    ….when you use bevel and emboss on a logo…

  • Reply March 11, 2014


    You know you’re a crappy notion gatherer when you mostly rely on downloaded backgrounds to have designs enhanced and cannot create your own.

  • Reply June 19, 2014


    lol @ “You charge the prices of a bad designer.”

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