March 29th, 2012 by

I’m sure you’ve seen it. Bad design. It’s everywhere and it’s been around for a really long time. You probably run into it more than you realize. I, on the other hand, notice it everywhere. It’s distracting to me. I’ve taken pictures of it and sent it to my friends. If I find it on the internet, I send the link out. It’s like a scavenger hunt, just not as difficult as a real scavenger hunt. Maybe that’s a bad comparison.

Either way, the home computer has really done some damage to the world of graphic design. There are people out there who believe that just because they own a copy of Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, that they’re “designers”. Meanwhile, those of us who spent countless hours in design critiques throughout college cringe every time we see a piece of clip art paired with a comic sans headline.

While researching what I would talk about, I came across this great website. It’s a checklist of sorts that anyone who considers themselves a designer can follow along. It’s also great for those who aren’t a designer but get tasked with a creative project. Below are also a few examples of some bad graphic design I’ve run across. (Rule of thumb, just because you own Photoshop doesn’t mean you have to use every filter at your fingertips. They have their time and place, and the key is moderation. Same for drop shadows.)



I had to chuckle because it made me think back to times when I see things that drive me nuts. The misuse of words is one. They're, their and there is probably the one that I see all over the place. On a more work related note though, poor craftsmanship and product design is what catches my eye. I can only imagine that poor design is just as frustrating.

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