October 21, 2012

Don’t Date Graphic Designers; Here’s Why (Part 3)

After looking over the blog,  “50 Reasons Not to Date a Graphic Designer” by a woman named Silvia, I decided I had to elaborate. In parts 1 and 2 I elaborated on a few of Silvia’s justified statements, but there are a few that I didn’t think were fair, allow me to elaborate.

“They drink and eat all kinds of weird s&*# just because they like the packaging.”

This isn’t wholly true. Do I eat weird stuff? Yes I do. Do I admire excellent product packaging? Why, yes. Yes I do, but I don’t eat weird stuff just because of it! That’s crazy talk!

“They will fill your house with magazines and whatever is out there that has drawings.”

This one may be true, but it depends on the living arrangements. I am a pack rat by nature and nurture; both my folks have little odds and ends, posters, books, and other insignificant pieces of crap laying around in the garage, so I was doomed with the same fate. Fortunately for me though, my wife is a compulsive thrower-awayer, (yeah, I just did that.) and I couldn’t collect much without getting it past her watchful eye and painfully watching her throw it out, so I’ve gotten over that one a little bit. Not all graphic designers may be as fortunate as me though; I’d say to Silvia, she needed to kick her old man in the butt, and throw out some junk.

“They take pictures almost daily and all are cut in weird shapes.”Another fallicy.
 I leave all my pictures neatly in rectangle shapes, thank you very much!

“They hate Comic Sans with the same passion they love Helvetica.

I’m on the fence about this one, because it can vary from designer to designer. Yes, it’s common knowledge that Comic Sans is a crappy, over used, font that can pigeon hole any design in a hurry; and yes, Helvetica is an awesome font that looks good on almost anything. These are both so commonly accepted opinions that they’re nearly facts, but there are far worse fonts than Comic Sans. I mean seriously, has anyone seen Papyrus lately. That’s my personal pet peeve font, so I think this one is a little bit off, but I may be alone on this one. (If Chris Costello, the designer of Papyrus, reads this blog-do know kind sir, that the rest of your work is nice, I just hate your font. Keep up the good work sir!)

“They buy dolls unfinished for them to paint.”

No we don’t! That’s weird, and we don’t all read comics either!

“You wake up in the middle of the night hearing them screaming, ‘When is the deadline?’”

This is another false statement that in no way reflects all graphic designers. She was dating a procrastinator, and you know what they say about procrastination? It’s your brain’s way of telling you your plan sucks-back to the drawing board.

“They are very weird people.”

Of course graphic designers are weird, but that’s no reason not to date one! If that weirdness helps us pay the bills, then so be it! I’d venture to say there’s got to be other job fields filled with weirder people. I’m going out on a limb here, but maybe morticians, paleontologists, and odor testers? Has anyone seen Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs on Discovery? That show’s full of weird people-far more weird than graphic designers, I’d think, but hey that’s just me.

That just about does it for the comprehensive dating guide to suitors of graphic designers.

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