What Designers See Vs. What Everyone Else Sees

By on May 2, 2016 in Inspiration
What Designers See Vs. What Everyone Else Sees

Let's face it. Once you become a designer the world starts looking a little different. What used to look OK suddenly makes your eyes burn, and tools you had no idea about become the most amusing parts of your day. Where others see chocolate, you see packaging... where others see Comic Sans you see fire. Life did really change, didn't it? We're right there with you, and here are 12 situations you'll probably relate to:













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  1. itsmesimon

    Personally I think it's a popular misconception that designers have the innate ability to see things different while other non-designers don’t.

  2. erroldynamic

    Designers DO see what others don't, but it's the meta that others wouldn't give a shit about anyway if pointed out to them.

  3. tknoedler

    Me: What color is your logo?
    Client: Blue.
    Me: Is it a spot color? Do you have a Pantone number?
    Client: (as if stating the obvious) Uh... it's just blue.

  4. randyjacob

    Another misconception: Designers love Apple. As an ENFP w/ ADHD and OCD who for obvious reasons LOVES minimal design, I cannot stand the lack of customization iPhones have. I have no interest in iOS 9. Android all the way.

  5. randyjacob

    Also, that Comic Sans / Papyrus combo made my Monday THAT much worse. Thank you for that. A holes . ( ^-^)

  6. CrazyPencil

    Yes, designers DO see things differently from non-designers! All my non-designer friends read words... I see fonts, kerning, letter spacing, word spacing... especially bad examples made by wanna be designers! UGH!

  7. luiscassis

    I opened my email, and my Monday gift was there - marketing guy emails me saying he loves my work but I should use a "redder red" to an already beautiful bright red headline...really? I almost started chewing tin foil, then I saw this article and made me laugh.. life is good again :)

  8. shaun.wegscheid

    Took me a moment too Robert; I got stuck on the not quite perfectly tilted plate with everything ligned up on horizontals and verticals... then saw the comic sans, then saw the papyrus... ya, double gross.

  9. suruha

    LOL! GREAT! I, too, love the PS/cars crashing. That's funny! They all are! I know people see things differently, but, I'm not sure what it is, right or left-brain dominance, whatever. I once saw a series of paintings at a street fair/art festival. Every painting was of some sail boat or another, but, they were all in fog! That can't happen! If you have wind for your sails, there is not any fog. It can't settle in with wind blowing. I noticed that because it is 'impossible', I suppose, and have learned to be 'realistic' with stuff I do, like shading and such.
    Great READ!

  10. Jackie0719

    Lovin' this post! And the Comic Sans one? I just experienced that one, to wit: "Can we use Comic Sans? I always liked that font" Cue the fire exit stage right please!!!


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