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Last month, I wrote a post on bad client types that designers should be avoiding. I received a fairly good response from my readers, which included both clients and graphic designers. Of the several comments, some asked me if I was being biased by writing only about bad clients. This clicked me with the idea of discussing the types of graphic designers. Hence, my today’s post highlights the evil side of Graphic Designers ;)

Let me start by reminding that graphic designers are human beings as well and every human has both good and bad aspects. No one is perfect and have flaws in one way or another. In my older posts, I have already talked about several personality types of graphic designers but there are certain types of designers that you would definitely avoid becoming.

Hence, for all the graphic designers out there, recognize which type of designer you should avoid being:

 

1. The ‘Stereotype’:

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Are you a designer who just follows the same old-hat ways? Someone who constantly uses Helvetica font in all his designs? Well if yes, then you are the stereotype designer, my friend. For a designer, uniqueness is one thing that distinguishes him from the rest of the pack. By using the same stereotype concepts repeatedly, you wouldn’t want yourself to be labelled as monotonous and lame. Always be open to new ideas and concepts and have the courage to try them out.

 

2. The ‘Photocopier’:

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This is one of the most nefarious of designer types and must be carefully avoided. Just like a Xerox machine produces a duplicate copy, these designers browse and ‘borrow’ design concepts from elsewhere. Most of them do this on the pretext of inspiration, but the reality is otherwise. There is a fine line between inspiration and plagiarism. Always be unique and work out your own design concepts.

 

3. The ‘Angry Dad’:

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Being professional graphic designers, one important quality is to maintain your composure. But certain designers fail to do so and end up becoming an ‘Angry Dad’. They have no control over their emotions and even a little client criticism can blow their top off. Most certainly, you should always avoid being the designer who shouts at their clients. No client likes discourtesy and impoliteness. No matter how right you are, you shouldn’t lose your temperament in front of the clients. Instead, you should always talk to the clients in a civilized and polite manner.

 

4. The ‘Selfish Snob’:

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There are some designers who never listen to their clients. Instead of complying with the client’s requirements, they would design the way they like. These are the designers whom I call the Selfish Snobs. One must remember that, as professional graphic designers, one should never design for themselves. Rather you should design for the clients. You simply cannot afford to be self-centered in a design project.

 

5. The ‘Slow Learner’:

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Some designers are slow learners who don’t grasp things told by the clients quickly. Although it isn’t wrong to be a slow learner, but most clients would avoid interacting with a graphic designer who takes considerable amount of time in understanding their needs. This happens mostly with amateur designers who enter the field without adequately learning the basics of graphic design. You wouldn’t want to lose your customers just because you take more time in grasping things.

 

6. The ‘Impractical Dreamers’:

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Although it is good to be visionary and ambitious in your career, but being an Impractical dreamer isn’t advised as it leads to developing unfeasible concepts. Some designers conceive such design concepts that become a nightmare for the coders to develop. These designers lift their clients’ hopes to the skies and when the execution of concept fails, become a major disappointment in the eyes of their client.

 
Reading the above explained Client Types, which of these you will definitely hate to become or if you can relate yourself to any of these types. Do share with us :)
 
 

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Nikki On September 29th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    1

    Eh – Is it just me or did you explain the bad client types starting from the “angry dad”? 5 and 6 even have the same explanations…

    (But I always read your blog and it’s always awesome, so I guess something went wrong. :) )

  1. Bruno On September 29th, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    2

    Nice article, thanks a lot.

    pd: the text from 5. and 6. is the same!

  1. Karen On September 29th, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    3

    Why did this start out as a Types of Designers post and abruptly turn into a Types of Clients post?

  1. Rob On September 29th, 2011 at 1:42 pm
    4

    I think something’s gone wrong. The 1st two are designer types, and the rest seem to be client descriptions; the last of which is a duplicate of the one preceding it.

  1. Charlie B. Johnson On September 30th, 2011 at 1:26 am
    5

    Sorry guys about the confusion :( Somehow, I swapped the content of two posts….a lil lost nowadays, maybe :S Anyhow, its fixed now…so enjoy reading and drop your comments :)

  1. Rick Arriola On October 2nd, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    6

    We all have been a little guilty of being one or two of the 6 types. you mention. But realizing about it, is what makes us grow as professional designers.
    Thank you!

  1. Adam Booth On October 5th, 2011 at 2:52 am
    7

    Great article. I feel that the most frustrating designer type for other designers are either the ‘Stereotype’ or the ‘Selfish Snob’. I have encountered many of both. The ‘Stereotype’ are lazy designers who merely tick boxes and get the job done with no flair, whereas the ‘Selfish Snob’ is the polar opposite. They design what they want, when they want because the can, regardless of the client or job.

  1. Aran On October 18th, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    8

    Why is it that all of the photos feature men as the graphic designers? Are there no female designers, or are they just never the bad ones?

  1. ONDABOX On November 11th, 2011 at 9:41 pm
    9

    We agree completely, no one should be a “copy-cat” (for lack of better words) or “Photocopier”, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get help. It is important that you combine hard work with inspiration; this is the best kind of worker in our opinion. Being a hard worker does have its benefits like you mentioned: having creative ideas, growing pride and more; but it takes longer to generate a finished product. At ONDABOX we believe in being hard working, but we also believe that inspiration can be involved sometime in the thought process. Overall you had a very beautiful and well crafted blog post; it was insightful.

  1. Tau Dlamini On June 21st, 2013 at 9:40 am
    10

    nice topic…..thanks


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