Top Mistakes Graphic Designers Make

Top Mistakes Graphic Designer's Make

Below is a list of very common mistakes that so called ‘graphic designers’ make.

How many of these do you do regularly?

  1. Take constructive criticism too personally
  2. Not knowing any famous designers in particular Paula Scher, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand and not knowing WHY they were famous
  3. Not Staying Up on Current Events and Design News
  4. Not Owning the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook
  5. Charging too Little for Design Projects
  6. Not Using Contracts to Cover Your Butt
  7. Not Setting Deadlines for Projects
  8. Doing Spec Based Work (If you like it you can pay)
  9. Not Asking for a Down Payment before Starting a Project
  10. Using Poorly Designed Fonts from Free Font Sites
  11. Using Display Fonts as Text Fonts
  12. Using the Comic Sans Font
  13. Using too Many Different Fonts in One Design
  14. Forgetting White Space is your Friend
  15. Not Sketching Before Designing
  16. Not Using Rulers on Screen
  17. Relying Totally on the Computer, Especially for Kerning
  18. Using Photoshop Filters After Your First 6 Months
  19. Using Low Resolution Web Images for Print
  20. Not Designing Logos in Vector Format
  21. Making Logos Unable to Reproduce Well Small
  22. Forgetting to Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
  23. Not Saving Frequently
  24. Not Backing up Files on an External Hard Drive
  25. Not Getting Enough Sleep!
  26. Stealing or ‘borrowing’ Other Peoples Work
  27. Using the dash quotation marks instead of true quotation marks.If you are doing the following (below) I wouldn’t call yourself a ‘graphic designer’, well at least not a professional one and would recommend doing some more research into the subject area.12. Using the Comic Sans Font (for the right purpose
    13. Using too Many Different Fonts in One Design
    19. Using Low Resolution Web Images for Print
    20. Not Designing Logos in Vector Format

    But remember rules can be broken.

    This list was compiled by myself and Gino Orlandi over at You The Designer.


How to Overcome your Creative Block

Creative blocks, while unnerving, are normal and unfortunately part of the creative process. It’s not something to be feared – rather, something that affords you the opportunity to rethink your concept and the direction you’re pursuing.

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things a different way.”

– Edward de Bono, author, inventor, physician, psychologist

When you find yourself stuck with creative block, here are a few things you can try to reboot your thinking so you can move forward.

Also see how to be creative and how to boost your creativity.

Creative Block

1. Catch yourself at your most creative.

The thing about creative block is, you haven’t stopped beingcreative. Your brain is still whirring away, but you just have to capture those ideas. Often great ideas are quickly forgotten because you didn’t take time to jot them down and revisit them later. As a creative person, it’s always a good idea to keep a journal with you at all times and write down whatever is on your mind. However, in today’s world your smart phone is a most valuable tool because it allows you to record, write or photograph interesting ideas and have them at your disposal. You never know when the next great creative idea will hit you. As such, you should always be prepared.

2. Clear your perspective.

Clear Your Perspective

If you say a word repeatedly, it stops sounding like a real word. The same thing happens when you stare at your project for hours, trying to address the problem from the same angle. When you reach a roadblock and can’t figure your way around it, briefly step away. Nothing stifles creativity more than trying to come up with “the idea,” versus exploring other ideas and concepts that may be the springboard to the best solution.

If you feel you’ve hit the wall, the best thing to do is to go for a walk, do something physical, get a healthy snack, do some breathing exercises and then come back to your project feeling reinvigorated and energized.

3.  Create your own environment.

Feng Shui Desk
Is your workspace a productive environment? (See office Feng Shui) If your office is not conducive to creativity, it may be time to change your surroundings so they stimulate and motivate you to be more effective. Changing the scenery could be something as simple as decorating your office space with new photos, favorite quotes, artwork or anything else that inspires you. Consider adding a whiteboards to your space – they’re a useful tool for jotting down and capturing your ideas.

4.  Get up and move around.


A 2013 study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows that regular exercise is associated with better divergent and convergent thinking – two important components of the creative thought process. If you’re not fond of exercising, even a quick 30-minute walk each day will help clear your mind. It’s also good for your overall health and well-being.

Another tip is to set your clock as a reminder to move around every 45 minutes to give your brain a rest and get your blood circulating. This also will help to keep you refreshed and relaxed, and boost your brainpower.

5.  Seek comments and input.

Seek Comments

Conduct an informal focus group. Ask co-workers, friends and others about what you have created so far. Remember, everybody has his or her own perspective and interpretation. Even though you may not agree with them entirely, it can take only one comment to be the springboard for what might become your “best” solution. Everyone’s opinions are valid, but rarely will they be the sole solution to your problem. At the least, they will help you view your work in a new light.

6. Realize it’s a block, not a wall.


For every creative impasse, there are dozens of solutions. The creativity is there, but you just have to access it. You will undoubtedly throw away countless drafts. Your job – although it may be the most demanding – is to sift through all the possibilities and decide which is the best answer for the creative problem you’re trying to solve.

Lotta Nieminen, a graphic designer and illustrator, says:

“My best pieces were the outcomes of my biggest struggle. Now, when I hit a creative dead end, I overcome it by seeing it as an opportunity to rethink, re-evaluate, and make something great.”

Barry Eisenman of Nutis Press contributed content to this article. Nutis’ expertise is rooted in designing innovative point-of-purchase displays and retail merchandising solutions. We help brand

This Haunting Video Will Make You Think Twice About Makeup Tutorials

“Perfection isn’t real.”

If you’ve ever stumbled upon a popular beauty blogger’s Instagram page, chances are their feed is filled with awe-inducing makeup looks paired with flawless skin and perfectly-tousled waves. After a few photos, it’s hard not to feel envious of their glowing cheekbones, perfect liner and sculpted brows, but blogger My Pale Skin a.k.a. Em Ford is trying to show the more realistic side of makeup tutorials—and how to love yourself either way.

more: This Beauty Guru’s Video Is A Giant F-You To Makeup-Shamers

For the past few months, the London-based retired model (she says she “hated” the industry) has been posting before and after makeup photos to prove that nothing is, in fact, as perfect as it seems.

beautyOne caption reads: “I wasted so many years of my life chasing perfection, and you know what I found? A hollow empty shell of myself when I looked in the mirror.” Em opened up about her battle with adult acne during Acne Awareness Month in June, but yesterday, she proved that not everyone finds her makeup tutorials inspiring in a video called “You Look Disgusting.”

Em decided to take real comments people left on her photos and juxtapose them next to her face to show the reality of internet bullying. Comments like “I can’t even look at her” and “Ugly as f–k” appear next to her makeup-free skin, and as she puts on makeup, we start to see more positive words like “You look so stunning” and “You’re so beautiful.” Then, the makeup shaming sets in.

more: Women Are Conquering Makeup Shamers With One Powerful Hashtag

“Imagine waking up next to her in the morning–she still looks like s–t” claims one person, while another says, “You’re so ugly, that’s why you wear makeup.” The words bring Em to tears until she regains confidence to take off her makeup with comments of other people that identify with her struggle. Words like “Acne makes me feel worthless,” “I get bullied because of my skin,” and “Makeup makes me feel good” appear until Em is finally back to her makeup-free self.

beauty2Em says she’s “received thousands of messages from people all over the world who suffer or have suffered from acne, an insecurity or self confidence issues” on her YouTube page. “I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men. One challenge many face today, is that as a society, we’re so used to seeing false images of perfection and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that it can be hard to remember the most important thing–you ARE beautiful.” Hey girl, you are too.

6 Behaviors That Are Limiting Your Success

By Travis Scott 
is not limited to the few.  It is something that can be obtained by those who put their mind to it, take action, and develop good behaviors.

When we aren’t finding success in our lives there is a reason or reasons we can’t get past the hurdles.  Sometimes we come up with excuses because, after all, they are the easy way out. However, it often boils down to behaviors. Our behaviors can be the reason why we succeed or don’t succeed. To be healthy we need good eating and exercise habits. To be great in business we need to have resilient behaviors to get over failures.

Many times we have developed bad behaviors which hold us back from leading successful lives. These behaviors hold us back from great careers, building businesses, cultivating relationships, and much more.Bad behaviors prevent us from achieving the success we desire.

If success is eluding your life, here are 6 behaviors that may be limiting your success:

1. Jealousy

Today it is easy to get caught up in jealous behaviors because we live in a social world. We get notifications when someone gets a huge promotion, we see every picture from our “friends” two week cruise, and we read the posts about fairy tale relationships.

The problem with jealousy is it can be consuming and ruin your life. It limits success because instead of working on your dreams, you are spending time being envious of others.

Instead of being jealous of others, be grateful for what you have in your life.  It helps you be more productive and happier.


2. Self-limiting beliefs

The behavior that keeps many people from achieving success is self-limiting beliefs. This behavior is when you hear that little voice start talking you out of doing great things.

Self-limiting beliefs includes thinking you are too inexperienced for a job, believing you shouldn’t take a risk because you’ll fail, thinking it is too late, or you don’t need more money because you are comfortable.

All of these thoughts keep us from success.  Don’t come up with reasons why you shouldn’t, think of reasonswhy you should do something great because you might actually succeed!

3. Living in the past

It is hard to drive a car by looking in the rear view mirror, but there are many people who live life like this.  They live by always bringing up the past and fail to move forward.

This includes living in the past by riding prior successes and past failures. We all see people who seem to be on the fast track to success, but hit a plateau because they are living on that one big sale they got two years ago. We also know people who can’t recover from failure or overcome someone who wronged them.

Whether you are living in the past from a success or failure, you need to move forward. Moving forward and setting goals is the only way to achieve and sustain success.

4. Gossip

If you are in business and have a bad behavior of gossiping, then you won’t be in business long. When we gossip to others and say bad things about others; it makes you look bad.

People will stop doing business with you, it will be difficult to rise higher in a company, and you will get a bad reputation. There is no reason to gossip because it can destroy all of your success and limit future success.

As the old saying goes, don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.  If you want to get ahead, then talk positively about others. It goes much further than gossip.

5. Giving up too soon

Many people never achieve success because they give up too soon. When there is a bump in the road or an obstacle, they resort to backing down rather than persevering.

We must be willing to keep going. We need mind sets like Walt Disney, Abraham Lincoln, and Michael Jordan who all fought on through failures to achieve wild success.

We are wired to persevere. When we were younger and learning to walk, we all overcame obstacles. Many of us fell and got hurt while we were trying to go from crawling to walking. However, we all got back up and learned to walk.


6. Negative thinking

Negative thinking is a dangerous behavior because it can be detrimental to our lives. When we have a bad case of what Zig Ziglar calls “stinkin thinkin“, we limit our success significantly.

This behavior is bad because we start to think the world is out to get us, things will never get better, or we expect everything to turn out bad. Turn your negativity around. Think about what is good in your life and what you are possible of accomplishing.

Take a self-assessment of yourself and determine if any of these behaviors may be keeping you from success. If you are suffering from one of them, then change it.

When you make the decision to change any of these behaviors, you will start to experience more success in your life.

Shakespeare’s Portrait

An image of a mustached and rather imperial-looking man surfaced online yesterday, but it might be more than an everyday history-book drawing. One scholar claims it’s the only authentic portrait ever made of William Shakespeare.
The depictions we’re used to seeing of him — older, balding, and with a sly smile — were all created after his death. But The Guardian reported that Mark Griffiths, a historian and botanist, uncovered a 400-year-old manuscript with four figures etched on its cover — one of whom is possibly the Bard during his lifetime, perhaps gloating over his newfound fame after completing “Hamlet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” around age 33.

Griffiths wrote initially of his discovery for British magazine Country Life, where he claimed that the three other engraved figures are Elizabethan creative types, including a botanist and the engraver himself. He discerned their identities using symbolic clues, such as their given attire and the flowers that adorn them — the floral imagery on the botanical book’s cover matches with the botanical metaphors in Shakespeare’s plays. The etched figure purported to be Shakespeare is surrounded by irises, which appear in “Henry VI,” and a once rare french flower that’s featured in “Venus and Adonis.”o-SHAKESPEARE-570If you think this sounds like a stretch, you’re not alone. Though Country Life rejoiced that, “his true likeness [is] revealed at last,” Shakespearean scholars remain unconvinced. And, this isn’t the first time a historian has claimed to have stumbled upon an authentic likeness: Stanley Wells, aforementioned skeptical critic of Griffiths, said in 2009 that he’d tracked down a painting from the playwright’s life.

So, is it the man himself, or an impostor in disguise? Shakespeare would’ve relished the question, but we may never know for sure.

Innovative Buildings

o-FUTURE-900The World Architecture Festival wrapped up its 2014 contest earlier this month, bestowing awards upon 33 buildings that are making innovative design a priority across the globe. From a community library in China that doubles as a playground to a Danish Maritime Museum to a hyper modern church in Spain, the seventh annual WAF winners are as diverse as there are stunning.

What started as a 400-project short list spanning 50 countries earlier this year, was whittled down to less than a few dozen designs across 27 different categories. In the wake of the massive competition, which took place in Singapore, we are profiling each and every building that received commendation. Behold: A comprehensive look at the year’s best architecture — and a glimpse into the future of design, whether it includes water-balanced and energy efficient imaginings, or buildings known as “bespoke bookends” and “spirals of knowledge.”