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One thing I admire about graphic designing is that there is no dearth of talent and flair in this field. Regardless of the gender, the graphic design field is crammed with both, male and female, talented graphic designers. But socializing with a gathering of both male and female designers, I have observed some variances that relate to the human gender.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I don’t intend to entice gender discrimination. This is my personal observation as a graphic designer and I would appreciate if you would share your views on the subject as well. By discrepancies in male and female designers, I don’t mean the colors, fonts and shapes that male and female designers adopt. There are certain characterstics of both male and female designers that make them unique and distinct from each other. These personal traits have a certain influence on how they work on a graphic design project.


Characteristics of Female Graphic Designers:

Let us start by first discussing the common traits of female graphic designers and how they have an affect on graphic design projects:

1. Organized & Punctual

In my opinion, the best habitof a female graphic designer is punctuality. In comparison to male designers, females by nature are more organized and disciplined. In most cases, you will witness the workplaces of female graphic designers to be more organized and structured, unlike their male counterparts who (including myself) are generally disorganized. If you’re working with a female graphic designer, you can rest assure that your work will be done on time.

2. Equal Attention to Every Project

The next trait of a female graphic designer is that she will give equal attention to all her graphic design projects. Since females are known to practice the concept of equality more than men, they make sure to treat each of their clients equally. Irrespective of the size of the graphic design project, a female designer will not prioritize them. Instead she will give fair share of attention to all projects.

3. Tend to Panic

Speaking in relative terms, women are more emotional and finicky than men. From what I have observed, female graphic designers are a perfectionist. Their satisfaction lies in perfection and for that they can be extremely finicky about the details of the design. They can be irritating at times as they are eager to get each and every element of the assigned project. Although, it is a good practice to obtain feedback from the clients beforehand but being overly finicky can frustrate the clients at times.

4. Easy to bargain

As I mentioned in my earlier points…female graphic designers are relatively more emotional than their male counterparts. This is why they tend to have a soft corner for their clients as well. Although you may think this is a good thing to be considerate but it has its own drawbacks. A friend of mine once narrated me how she slashed her fee halfway down after her client sobbed in front of her whining about his financial problems. My point here is that female graphic designers are relatively easier to bargain with since they can be convinced emotionally.

Characteristics of Male Graphic Designers:

If you think that I was biased in describing the female graphic designers, wait till you read the male side of the story. Like I said, both genders have their pros and cons that influence a graphic design project. Here are a few traits of male graphic designers:

1. Cool-Headed:

The first thing that you will observe in male graphic designers is the level of patience and endurance. Men are relatively more cool-headed than their female counterparts when it comes to enduring client criticism. Like I said, women are more sensitive than men hence they tend to lose patience when criticized. Although this is not 100% true but I am sure many of the clients will agree with this difference.

2. Lazy Procrastinators:

This is one point that I’m sure most of the male graphic designers will agree to. You must be wondering women are also lazy, but as far as I have observed, male designers tend to postpone tasks relatively more than their female counterparts. Don’t know if it’s a male specific trait, but men can be awfully lazy at times. They can pass on a minimalist design just to meet a deadline. But this doesn’t mean that all male designers are indolent and sluggish, rather you will find more incidences of procrastination with men.

3. Rational Minded:

Like I mentioned in the female section of the post, women are emotionally more sensitive than men. Contrary to that, men are more rational and logical than women. They will prefer using their brains more than their heart. Everything they do will hold a logic behind it. They don’t let their emotions control their decisions while working on a graphic design project. Hence, the point of easy bargaining isn’t true for male graphic designers.

4. Easily Distracted:

I have to admit something here…while working on a clients project, I have several such tabs open on my PC that are irrelevant to my work. I get easily distracted by the social media and instant chat with friends. At first I thought it was only me, but after observing many of my male designer friends, it seems as though distraction is a trait more prone to men. You will also find male designers easily distracted by sports, news and other activities while at work.
Reading the above mentioned positive & negative characterstics of male/female graphic designers, do you think that gender has any influence on a graphic design project? Being a client, have you ever thought whom you want your project to do…a male or female graphic designer?

  1. dan barker On March 29th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    i would say that this is utter yawn-inducing article from the same place as those silly ‘men are from mars’ books.

    a nice piece of RT bait though.

  1. Carlos Rangel On March 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I think you nailed it! Even when each person is different, I think your observation give us an overall insight in gender cualities by graphic designers. I found it to be fun and truthful.

  1. DDW Calgary Web Design On March 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Interesting article. I think most of these attributes apply equally to men and woman. The biggest differences I see between male and female graphic designers is one of style. However I realize that stylistic differences are not the focus of this post. I’d be interested to see what other opinions you get.
    Food for thought!

  1. Gina On March 29th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    The reason why people get offended by gender sorting such as this is simply because it has a pretty wide margin of error. Notions of hard and fast ascribed gender are quickly fading fast, and as such the “tendencies” of gender become increasingly inaccurate. As a calm, rational, punctual woman, reading things like this rub me the wrong way. Am I wrong for not fitting into these generalizations? Will employers, having read this post, think that I have a tendency to panic because I am a woman? Because of the increasing inaccuracy of these sorts of analyses, it is increasingly likely that someone will make an incorrect judgment based on gender.

    Essentially, organizing people into types based on gender just isn’t practically useful anymore.

    For example, every single one of the things you described can be attributed to a Myers-briggs classification. If you’re not familiar, I give you wikipedia:

    I’m not saying MBTI is the best way to classify people, but if you have to, there are much more accurate ways to do it than by gender. So, to answer your question, I tend to think in terms of MBTI personality typing as opposed to gender, cause it gets me better results, and it’s a bit less damaging.

  1. Aaron Welch On March 29th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I gotta say this seems a bit generalized. I’m male and see applicable traits from each “gender” (er… as listed above). My sister is in the same field as I am, and, she, too shares different traits but from both lists. I’d be curious to hear what other people think….

  1. Johnny On March 29th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hahaha!, can’t argue that xD!

  1. Madsion Zyluk On March 30th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Oh my! This is sooo true! (in my case anyways) I am not afraid to admit it! Great article very perceptive observations. It is also true for most of the designers I know, they tend to fall into these “gender roles”. I am happy my business partner is a man since we complement each others strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Marry me On March 31st, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Ah it’s really impressive but several different kind of graphic designers available in the market who has both type of combination male and female {quality wise} and they can perform their duty substantially..


  1. SEO Sheffield On March 31st, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I would agree with your observation. The observations you had are not bias. There are women designers I know that have great designs than men. They have great imaginations. They have greater work ethics.

  1. Mfundo Mohammed On March 31st, 2011 at 5:44 am

    interestingly accurate analysis! not necessarily cast in stone though…we need to incorporate the best of both worlds to provide a quality service to clients.

  1. Ovsyannykov On March 31st, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Great article, this helped me out alot!

  1. Graphic Design Studio On April 1st, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I find it interesting how publishing has so few male designers compared to women. What is it about magazines that attracts women designers? Would that be why publishing pays so little - gender inequality!

  1. Graphic Designers On April 1st, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I’ve noticed how many female designers go into publishing design. What is it about magazines that attracts female designers?

  1. GR888 On April 2nd, 2011 at 2:25 am

    It is also true for most of the designers I know, they tend to fall into these “gender roles”. I am happy my business partner is a man since we complement each others strengths and weaknesses.I would agree with your observation. The observations you had are not bias.

  1. Sandra On April 2nd, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Now I understand - I am a male!!!! WOW. Have got all the male characteristics and only one of the female - I am very organized and punctual not only at work but also in my personal life.

  1. Charlie B. Johnson On April 4th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    @Gina…As I clearly mentioned in the start of the post, the views mentioned are entirely based on my personal experience and observations. There was no need to be offended by it. Nevertheless, thanks for your feedback on the topic.

  1. Alberto Pasian On April 4th, 2011 at 3:03 am

    “Lazy procrastinator”? Aren’t all humans “lazy procrastinators”?

    Just kidding :)

  1. Integraphix Design Company On April 5th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I would wholeheartedly agree with this. It’s sad to say - we have a female and a male graphic designer in our studio and she always tends to get her projects finished before he does. Thanks for the great post.

  1. CodeMyConcept On April 8th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    A very interesting article indeed, it is true men and women are build different that is why they think and act different while coding or designing, it does not means one is better than the other, just that they take different ways for one conclusion.

  1. Val On July 21st, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I guess I’m a dude then too, but a panicky one. lmao.

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