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12. What We're Up Against.

Everybody is a graphic designer. Or so it seems. And unfortunately that has a negative impact on what we, the professional designer/art director, do and how difficult it can be. Here's an excerpt from Bad Design Kills: "The world is steeped in bad design. As designers we see something every day that makes us cringe or shake our heads in disgust. But, bad design does more than offend the eye of the designer It facilitates a poor public perception for what our industry it lowers the perceived value of our services...Computers have brought cheap PCs, pre-installed software, clip art and fonts. Armed with these components, while void of skill and concept, a new visual scourge endlessly violates the retina on a global scale - all the while continuing to feed the ignorance and attitude that anyone who possesses these tools can call themselves a 'Designer.' After all, there are no absolutes in art, and if they do it themselves, it's just cheaper." If you want to get a good idea on how this is shaping the landscape of our craft, go here. Just a little food for thought.

Reader Comments (3)

And all this time, I thought greed, fear and hate were destroying our world.

I'm actually relieved to find out it's just bad kerning.

Winky winky.
June 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAlster
Well, sure...those too. Ha.
June 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJJ
Greetings JJ. I'm the monster in your nightmare. I'm the Biz-Logo guy you're linking to above. Thought I'd add my 2c. Isn't this just about business? I know that "professional designers" offer a more in-depth service than us un(?)professional designers, but the same Internet that makes Biz-Logo possible gave rise to 7 gazillion little businesses that can hardly afford my pre-designed logos. Would you rather they don't get to have a logo? Supply and demand. Right?
April 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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