I remember when I first fell in love with tattoos. I was really little, I couldn’t even write my name, I’d been out with my family and I’d seen someone in the street covered in tattoos and was enthralled. When I got home I got out a biro and drew all over the torso of my Tiny Tears doll. She’s still that way now – covered in my illegible scrawl, reminding me what a statement a good tattoo can make to the world.
That said, I once got a very boring, off the shelf design permanently etched onto my skin which I instantaneously regretted. It has taken me a full 7 years to finally figure out the perfect amendment to make them right, but this is the year! I chose to remember a day I never believed would come: the day I first knew my of my husbands existence 🙂
I wanted them to look at first glance like a pattern similar in style to stained glass (it’s nice to have secret messages on your skin that make you smile) and the day I met Jon made me smile and has done ever since. Whenever I have a bad day or we have an argument I think back to 24.12.09, I remember how great it felt to know he was out there, and now I can have that memory with me all the time (sappy? yes, I know).
This week a friend sent me a link that made me literally scream ‘YES!’
The link was for a series of posters created by designer Anneke Short. They are genius and should immediately be distributed to everyone who thinks they can just ‘throw something together’ themselves.
As a designer there is nothing more frustrating than people thinking that they could do my job as well as I do. Yes, you own a computer, and can probably even use Photoshop if you’ve grown up any time in the last 30 years. But (and this is the crucial point) not everyone has taste, or an eye for layout, or knowledge of what makes advertising work or… or well, anything I’ve learned through years of study and building my career.
So, before you approach your designer friends and ask what they spend their time doing because YOU could do that leaflet/business card/advert in 10 minutes in Microsoft Word (designers, cross yourselves now!), ask yourselves this: How many wedding invitations have you opened only to cringe at the bucket load of clip art emptied over the cheapest ivory card you’ve ever seen? Oh, and is that Zapfino they’ve used? How original! The answer: They thought they could do just as well by doing it themselves. To those people, I wish you luck. To everyone else, welcome to the exciting world of design.
For the full article, take a look at: http://designtaxi.com/news/351395/Confessions-Of-A-Designer-What-Goes-On-In-A-Designer-s-Mind/