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The Harsh Truth About Life as a Designer – 7 Hilarious Videos

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Life as a designer is great, right? You spend the day doing what you love, producing creative design material for big name brands and seeing your work being admired around the town in the form of ads, leaflets or even as a website.

But it’s not the same for everyone! People perceive life as a designer in three ways, as a simple job which pays their check as a reward, as a career not only just a necessity, and also as a calling, which makes it more fulfilling and rewarding. In the first case, viewing the designer life simply as a job will not bring you any emotional rewards, but instead, you will try to spend time away from the job. In the second scenario, the career path, designers will try to advance, get to a better position and invest a lot of effort in it to do so. Lastly but not least, seeing the designer life as a calling is what all of us designers should strive for. This means it will be a pleasure to work and we’ll get the feeling that we’re contributing to something good, giving us the meaning and purpose to do more and become better.

For people who fall into the third category, like I do, being creative doesn’t stop at 5 o’clock when your work hours end, but instead, it continues all day long. You can be inspired by just sitting on the bus, look out the window and contemplating. Being creative will be your whole life.

Of course, the life of a designer has its ups and downs, and most of the downs come from the fact that we have to work with people and not all clients are the best.

People hire you for your experienced knowledge of white space, composition, typography and color theory, then put the image of their company entirely in your hands to work your magic and put the years of training into practice. In reality, things often don’t go quite smoothly. We have gathered here 7┬ácomedy videos that show the harsh truth about real life as a designer.

South Park Mac vs PC

In this hilarious video, you can see a heated debate of which one is better – Mac or PC, between South Park characters. This video has been watched 20 million+ times! Even if you’re not a South Park fan, you’ll love this video! It’s clever, fun, and will definitely put a smile on your face, whether you’re in team Mac or team PC.

It’s all about the impact


This video from Agency Fusion taps into the experiences of almost every designer and turns the old client – designer debate into a hilarious spoof product ad. Thankfully these goods aren’t available for real! However, we really enjoyed the concept of this video and it made us laugh out loud!

You have to please everyone


This parody covers the process of redesigning the stop sign, but with a comedy twist when the client gives their input and continually adds new requirements to the brief. How would you like to redesign a stop sign? : )

The designer just doesn’t understand


Paul Boag highlights 10 things a web designer would never tell you in his talk at BathCamp, a tongue-in-cheek guide for website owners to rein in their designer to make sure the project is done right!

30 Worst Logo Fails


I am quite sure each one of you has had to design a logo for clients. Clients can be very difficult in their requirements, constantly asking for revisions and even changing their requirements as the project goes along. In this video, you can look at 30 really hilarious logos that clearly failed -but they are great for entertainment purposes. We can’t believe these are actually real logos! The mistakes are so evident, it’s almost impossible someone in the design team wouldn’t notice!

White space is a waste of space


We used to have here a funny video about white space but it was taken down. However, we’ve replaced it with something very useful for any designer to watch. This┬ávideo from Lynda.com shows you just how powerful white space is, even when your clients may not always agree.

What they say isn’t what they mean


Finally, this video documents the story of how a marketing campaign is made, but with the twist that everyone says what they really think.

We love it really!

OK, so these videos are all exaggerated just a little, but they all tap into the experiences faced by designers on a regular basis. If every client offered full creative freedom and agreed with your every point, what would we have to moan about?! This is what life as a designer can be about sometimes, dealing with complicated clients, unusual projects, and even failure!
What are your favorite client stories? Drop us a comment in the section below.

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

21 Comments

  1. Jamesh says:

    Thanks for that great post!

  2. Garry says:

    Fun is what we fill up with colors humor and present as unique but usual too!! The videos give an “open window in our pathetic worlds” :) I can say this as I am one of them. I bet the videos have been made by designers themselves :)

  3. Don says:

    Very funny for designers as they know how to fill it up with colors and sell it as an attractive piece of art.I feel the fun was really unintended but came very naturally :)

  4. Bustor says:

    Sometimes we design for people who don’t know what they want.They keep on their “creativity excursion” gun on our shoulders and ask for things which get funny many times.The videos say this,very true !

  5. Harry says:

    Well it is just a part of the whole game.Who lets you play with hardwired perceptions and that too through the means of designing websites for them? No one !!!

  6. Anraiki says:

    The 1st and 2nd video are the best.

    I can really relate to it with many clients telling me to change it that way, change it this way, ect ect.

    I finally steeped up by charging a “revision fee”, this will lower my stress in work and the quantity ask to do some revisions :)

  7. Mark says:

    So true and so funny!

    Thanks for these – made my evening :D

  8. Jeff says:

    Everytime after I have a client discussion, I end up at this post.

    This is pure gold…

  9. Ben says:

    I totally missed this. Great collection of videos, twitter’d and delicious’d it!

  10. Ronnie Wayne Myers Jr. says:

    I want to send this to my clients SOOO BAD!

    Chris, you said they are exaggerated a little? How is it exaggerated?

    It is so real, it hurts.

  11. Kieran says:

    These are great! :-)

  12. Wade Jackman says:

    Great way to start off the new blog! Hilarious videos!

  13. Freelancer says:

    :D:D:D Very nice sellection!

    I’d add The 36 Point How To Be a Freelance Designer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt2Zr7W6t6I

  14. Petey Boy says:

    That is hilarious. I sent this link to my friend and she said they sing this song at work all day:
    http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/25424/01%20Make%20the%20Logo%20Bigger.mp3

  15. Zachary Schweitzer says:

    These are HILARIOUS!
    Thanks for the great content and the great new site!

  16. James says:

    Great first few posts! Added to the Rss feed and looking forward to future articles. I do hope however that you will still update Spoon still!

  17. Adam says:

    Great stuff here. The college I work for has this campaign where they spell the name of the school, one letter at a time, across the chests of brightly colored shirts worn by students. It’s so camp and makes the school (which is actually quite good) look like a pre-school level performer.

    Every time I bring up that we should reconsider and try something a little less “Over the Rainbow” I’m always told the president likes it and prospective students love lots of colors.

    I could shoot myself every time I drive by one of those billboards. In fact, when people ask where I work…I always add the qualifier that I wasn’t responsible for those ads.

  18. Karl says:

    Hehe, got a good laugh out of this. Thanks Chris.
    I’d have to agree with the previous comments, though. They’re unfortunately quite accurate. And that’s sad. But still, that aside, a rather good start to my day.
    Thanks again!

  19. Jannis says:

    Very funny stuff..

  20. JohnONolan says:

    Awsome roundup of videos Chris, unfortunately.. they’re all rather accurate!

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