23 Signs That You're Becoming a Design Geek

Posted Tuesday, 6 February 2007 by Sverre Sjøthun in Design, Entertainment
The world of design can be a ruthless one; not only do you spend most of your time pondering and tweaking minute details that most people find insignificant – and most likely won't even notice – you also get lured into developing anti-social habits like font-spotting and source-code peeping.

Geek

Learn to spot the warning signs in time – you know you're becoming a design geek when:


  1. You giggle whenever you use the colors F0CCED, EFF0FF and 44DDDD

  2. You’re in the sun and you look around for a Drop Shadow to sit under.

  3. You give your relatives a lecture about color spaces and profiles when you email them your vacation photos.

  4. Seing someone use Lens Flare or Comic Sans adversely affects your blood-pressure

  5. You maintain a grid system for your refrigerator magnets.

  6. You organise your CD collection according to the Pantone chart.

  7. You sit at work for eight hours straight just looking at your monitor, waiting for a spark of inspiration that doesn't come.

  8. You're up 'til 5am because you came up with the best idea ever while brushing your teeth.

  9. The hottest dream you ever had was "Trace contour... Find Edges... Pinch... Extrude... Smudge Stick... Motion Blur.... Sprayed Strokes..."

  10. You know Lorem Ipsum by heart.

  11. Your kid knows Lorem Ipsum by heart.

  12. The preschool teacher complains your child won't color inside or outside the lines – only indicate colors on a separate sheet.

  13. Activating your entire font collection makes your computer crash – and you're running OSX.

  14. You deliberately butcher your perfectly cross browser compatible site in IE by placing a “Too Cool for IE” banner on it.

  15. You prefer a Layer Style of 50% Opacity (or less) on your wife’s Satin.

  16. You spend $200 on a font for your personal website because "it's the only one where the lower-case g is just right..."

  17. Looking at a menu makes you go "hmmm, ITC Baskerville italic" rather than "mmmm, lunch!"

  18. And when you finally order, you go for Layer Based Slices with Grain Texture...

  19. You use words about fonts you dislike that other normal people reserve for fascist dictators and serial killers.

  20. Apple+Z is the first thing that goes through your mind if you drop and break something.

  21. You refer to colleagues as Strict, Transitional, Loose and the Future Unemployed.

  22. You refer to your privates as "the Magic Wand".

  23. You actually understand this post and pass it on to your friends.



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Comments:

By Frodo on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 6:53 PM
I have actually thought apple-z a couple of times.
By JustinKilcher on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 6:54 PM
Haha, some of those were pretty good!
HAHAHA...
By Dave Bowker on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:01 PM
The sad thing is some of this is true...

...lorem ipsum dollar sit amet, consectetuer...
By durden on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:11 PM
I wish Apple+Z worked in real life.
By fenconnek on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:16 PM
apple+z only works for 5 percent of people...

everyone else uses ctrl+z
By ssd on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:19 PM
what a geek you are
get a life
Good one
By Tim on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:30 PM
Nice list...
I do #17 all the time !
By elmyc on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:31 PM
5% or the mayority of Designers wanting to have a better performance??? (BTW Apple+Z ROCKS!!!)
By NOZ on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:33 PM
I don't want to understand your post but unfortunately I do.
By Ivan Minic on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:34 PM
So true :|
so true!
By darcyryan on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:41 PM
I had to snicker softly at this list... and the only thing I could add is that I've done the mid-air key stroke for taking a screen shot (shift+apple+3) while talking about taking a picture.
@Dave Bowker
By jd on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:54 PM
it's dolor not dollar ;P
By mk on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:56 PM
4 realy got me. and, yes, ctrl/apple + z would be very useful
you know you're a design geek when...
By joe on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 7:58 PM
it makes you crazy to no end when "designers" use typeface and font interchangeably.
jockstrap
By Jock Strap on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:03 PM
lmao that is so funny
I wish apple+F worked in real life
By michaelb1 on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:05 PM
Linear scanning of words, people, surroundings, is so tedious.
By Jon MacKinnon on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:24 PM
hahahah some of those were good, some of them not so much! i dont like number 9 very much, but number 20 is sooo true!
By Oz on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:26 PM
I'm guilty of number 8, on a FAR too regular basis!
To be even "geekier"...
By g on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:28 PM
..it's not the "Apple+z" key, it's the "Command+z" key. Command is the right word for the key.
By Xavez on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:34 PM
That Apple+Z thingy is frighteningly true!
umm
By wib on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:35 PM
i don't get the first one...
By designerd on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:39 PM
my dad (a newspaper editor) laughed at me (a graphic designer) when i tried to describe a particularly versatile font as "the little black dress" of the font world
the first one
By dave on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:44 PM
The first one is three hex formulas for web colors. These three formulas also happen to spell interesting things
By Jon West on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 8:53 PM
I'm not technically a designer but I could still relate to some. Great list!
Yes
By Kevin on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 9:11 PM
All of the above; true
huh?
By Justin on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 9:19 PM
"Little black dress" of the font world. You didn't really, did you?
HAh!
By KaptenKraek on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 9:37 PM
I've thought Apple+F when I dont find things, like socks. xD
Gulp...
By Alain on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 9:50 PM
For me these points hit home about 99% of the time.
I am always begging for a drop shadow when the sun's hitting me...
the first one (continued)
By Jason on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 10:01 PM
I get the first 2 but not the 3rd?
ah!
By anon on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 10:07 PM
Oh I hate Comic Sans...

WITH A VENGEANCE!
By nerdgirl on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 10:10 PM
yeah, this is pretty funny. makes me feel kind of left out though, cause i'm a girl, so i don't have a wife or a "magic wand."

why no love for the girl geeks?
By nerdgirl on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 10:14 PM
yeah, this is pretty funny. makes me feel kind of left out though, cause i'm a girl, so i don't have a wife or a "magic wand."

why no love for the girl geeks?
Its true
By cheyo84 on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 10:36 PM
I confess
Apple + F
By byrc on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 10:54 PM
I have been looking at a test book and thought "Apple + F" to find a keyword..on multiple occasions.
Nerdygirl - I am so sorry
By Sverre Sjøthun on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 10:58 PM
As the author of this post, I must apologize - however, I spent almost an hour trying to come up with something along those lines for the girls as well.

Perhaps, as a Freudian twist, Photoshop is too homo erotic for that?
By Ron on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:02 PM
ouch, these points hit the nail on the head. I also find myself lecturing my close friends on how to utilize IE hacks and Firefox rendering bugs without even meaning to.
so true!
By on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:04 PM
I had to snicker softly at this list... and the only thing I could add is that I've done the mid-air key stroke for taking a screen shot (shift+apple+3) while talking about taking a picture.
so true!
By on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:04 PM
I had to snicker softly at this list... and the only thing I could add is that I've done the mid-air key stroke for taking a screen shot (shift+apple+3) while talking about taking a picture.
Real Designers
By miguel1544 on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:04 PM
Real Designers use Command Z.

Spreadsheeters use Ctrl Z.
By Psychic Readings on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:06 PM
funny article! ha
lucky i wasnt yes on any o:-)
how about...
By fairyrebel on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:20 PM
ok is it worse if instead of this:

You spend $200 on a font for your personal website because "it's the only one where the lower-case g is just right..."

you designed your own cause none of the ones you could find were acceptable?
Wannabe
By Zaca on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:35 PM
wow! Wish I knew half of this stuff...I'm only a beginner, but it all sounds very exciting.
By nerdgirl on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 11:35 PM
@sverre: no worries about the girl thing, just a thought. it's pretty unavoidable in this industry. photoshop is totally homo-erotic, though, i'll back you on that.
By NothingMan on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 12:05 AM
Yeah, 8 happened to me last night :)
APPLE Z
By Ken on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 1:35 AM
I love apple z so much I created an Apple Z profile on facebook so designers can add him/her/it as one of their best friends.
By designfreak on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 2:36 AM
Excellent !
So glad someone took the time to construct this!
COMMAND.
By tcp on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 4:26 AM
It's not "apple" it's COMMAND. That's the COMMAND key. Mac Newbie ;-) =)
Reynan Say's
By Reynan on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 4:37 AM
cool most of this is me ;)
ahhh yes...
By FemmeDesigner on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 5:06 AM
it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to know that i am a part of the designer community. although i'll say that for number five, i'm actually the girl who color coordinates her magnets AND has them in a specific, appealing design....and i put the ugly ones that people give me in a corner on the side.....sorry mom :)
For the ladies.....
By geekygirl on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 5:16 AM
you know you're becoming a design geek:
When other girls are picking up Vogue and Cosmopolitan and drooling over the latest trend in eye makeup and trying to figure out how to accomplish the the same effect.....you're drooling over the most amazing 2 page advertising spread you've ever seen!!! and trying to figure out exactly what photoshop techniques they used!
By Mira on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 5:28 AM
Lol. Great stuff. I've fallen victim to many of these things, and understand all of them. I'm not quite sure if this is a good thing tho'...

I've looked for command+z, and edit undo many times in real life and was disappointed at the lack of their existence. And the command+f function has popped into my head when I'm reading a text book. Though too bad there isn't a shop tool that's an sexual innuendo for the female half of the design community.
By Danielle on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 5:45 AM
Don't you mean ITC NEW Baskerville Italic?
We must stop...
By Ryan on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 6:19 AM
...the onslaught of Copperplate Gothic Bold!

It's a nice enough font, but suddenly it's everywhere. Or... It's always been everywhere, I've just suddenly become enough of a font geek to notice. gAAAhhh!!!
yes
By johnny on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 6:35 AM
I hate mac -- though l own one - but overall l loved the post very very funny thanks ;D
Another Ctrl-Z
By Dave on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 6:46 AM
When I make any mistake in the real world. I make this sound

"zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" because of the CTRL-Z I do in photoshop.

I repeat that sound as i press CTRL-Z
By ajpiano on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 7:01 AM
i remember i was at lunch with my dad recently and i couldn't even pick anything out the menu was so goddamn ugly.
We must stop...
By 化工网 on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 8:53 AM
...the onslaught of Copperplate Gothic Bold!

It's a nice enough font, but suddenly it's everywhere. Or... It's always been everywhere, I've just suddenly become enough of a font geek to notice. gAAAhhh!!!
By bluescat45 on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 9:17 AM
None of this is true with me. None at all. And if I repeat that enough times it might come true.

/one of our in-house "designers" did an ad w/comic sans last week, and I laughed at him. He still doesn't understand why...
By Shaun O'Connell on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 9:43 AM
one to add...
You smile that spanking-kind-of-smile when you use the CSS property: padding-bottom
p@ddingt.on
By wrdwer2342 on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 11:10 AM
low sense of humor guys, no fun
apple+Z
By wozanda on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 11:51 AM
oh wow.. what a laugh... in my life.. apple+z saves me so many times.. its a pitty it won't work in real life.. it would be much more easier, i.e.:

- you've put on weight ->
crap
By L'Agent Provocateur on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 4:44 PM
this has nothing to do with DESIGN, you moarons....how many of you begun your career in arts at Prep school?did you do it for college?did you study Art History, Geometry, Aesthetics? Somehow, i hate the idiots who, by beeing able to use photoshop and/or other design/web software, just like to call themselves DESIGNERS...NOT! Do you think architects become architects just by scribbling a couple of drawings on a napkin over morning coffee?
By Benjamin on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 4:46 PM
I also noticed that a CSS float:left; on the image of the guy above this article would have made this page look a whole lot better...
By Ben on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 5:40 PM
Hilarious
Rocketeer
By Rocketeer on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 5:40 PM
So, what's wrong with knowing Lorem Ipsum off by heart again!?
By Rochelle on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 7:26 PM
Wow, L'Agent Provocateur needs a hug.

Whenever I see fog on a forested hillside, I think, nature is making a gaussian blur!

(And yes, I have a design degree.)
"Becoming"? it's too late for me - I have a Command Z shirt
By Eileen on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 10:10 PM
Great list, though I agree the "Magic Wand" nickname doesn't apply for us female designers ;)

In regards to Command Z (yep, it's Command, not Apple). Years ago I actually designed a shirt with a Command Z graphic, with or without the tagline, "Don't you wish life had one too?": http://tinyurl.com/3d2z22

I have the PC version as well -- I've been a multi OS designer.
By guess who on Wednesday, 7 February 2007 10:44 PM
Design geek - isn't it an oxymoron? Designers don't live in the basement of their parents' house wearing dirty Tux t-shirt reading digg.
Hilarious
By lawton chiles on Thursday, 8 February 2007 4:44 AM
This is very funny...

Yes, Command Z!
By Dave on Thursday, 8 February 2007 10:38 PM
What's wrong with Comic Sans?

No, seriously. What's wrong with Comic Sans?
Great!
By Yael on Friday, 9 February 2007 12:15 AM
many times in my life: my fingers press Apple+Z... and it's a madness!!!!
By blackknight89 on Friday, 9 February 2007 2:47 AM
I never really thought about it...but some where deep in my subconscience I'm sure I was shouting APPLE-Z as I drop something breakable and exspensive.
Applause!!!
By AscenderRisesAbove on Friday, 9 February 2007 5:01 AM
That was hilarious! Thanks so much for the chuckle!
By Posy on Friday, 9 February 2007 7:10 PM
How 'bout...

#24 You're sitting in the movie theater watching the movie titles, shaking your head at how badly they're kerned.
By freelief.com on Saturday, 10 February 2007 4:03 AM
Sadly, I can relate oh-so-well.
mildly amusing
By ajdf on Monday, 12 February 2007 1:27 PM
yes its funny but I do avoid most of the geeky things when talking to people who really dont care which is most people. L'agent Provocateur, shove you head where it the sun isn't because you obviously have such an interesting life you've taken the time to try and offend people who haven't so much as breathed near you. Who cares who's really a designer or not or if you've studied art history. Tosser
the worst
By Derek on Monday, 12 February 2007 7:47 PM
I've combined #17 & #2. There is honestly a billboard in the Milwaukee area that is done in Comic Sans
Reality
By creative1 on Monday, 12 February 2007 8:10 PM
Indeed, a list of harsh realities. I would have liked to see the text in “Justify” format, something I am kinda obsessed, especially when I see text that goes on for more than four lines. www.webshots.com/user/define2iota/
Apple+z
By Mark on Sunday, 18 February 2007 2:59 PM
Wow... the apple + z thing is crazy.

I mean, I really do think about that, when I commit an error on real handwritten paperwork - like CTRL+Z goes into my mind and repeats while I panic. Yes, ctrl not apple :D

IT'S CRAZY FRICKIN TRUE!
Vraiment
By Owen Ingarfield on Monday, 19 February 2007 10:31 AM
Cool, funny and true. As well as a testament to the fact that graphic design isn't created, but observed. And true designers exist in that space 24 hours a day!
By PSA on Tuesday, 20 February 2007 6:40 AM
Know what I really want?! An apple+C apple+V in real life!

"I'll take two of those G5s. Bam!!!"
Oh dear...
By Russ B on Thursday, 22 February 2007 10:44 PM
The ammont of times I've literally thought "Ctrl+Z" makes me shudder.
So True...
By Duckdive on Sunday, 25 February 2007 7:17 PM
Oh dear I understood every single one of those.

In our office we actually had a Geek and Nerd test sent to us and the results were so telling we made our Christmas party theme geeks and nerds.

Check out our blog entry on it:

http://www.yucca.co.uk/blog.asp?id=178¤tpage=3

dear oh dear.
Oh my. *blush*
By Megan on Tuesday, 6 March 2007 7:33 AM
try my best not to #3.
Yes to #4.
Always do #7.
I have to admit I do #17.
#20 sometimes.
And I love #22, I will have to tell my boyfriend that one.
geek girl
By Nina on Wednesday, 7 March 2007 3:53 AM
me and my old flatmate used to do this one:

- You look on packets of cereal etc to check out the little CMYK and Pantone swatches

: P
geek girl
By Nina on Wednesday, 7 March 2007 3:55 AM
And is Papyrus becoming the new Comic Sans?
Oddity
By on Wednesday, 7 March 2007 4:36 AM
Ctrl+Z is where it's at.
I'm not a design geek.... yet
By Suzana on Tuesday, 20 March 2007 12:00 PM
..but i do often think in apple + z to many times, more ctrl + z and then i feel like mad because it hasn't really a Undo for all damn things
Here's another one for geeky girls
By Birdwoman on Monday, 26 March 2007 7:54 PM
While putting on makeup in the morning you wish you had a healing brush/patch tool for those unsightly blemishes and undereye luggage. Gaussian blur would be nice for hiding wrinkles too, for us mature gals.
By heinrich schäfer on Monday, 26 March 2007 10:24 PM
One Sign in missing: You are trying catch the post-it notes at your monitor with your cursor.
this sometimes happens to me
:D
By DocZayus on Sunday, 15 April 2007 6:07 PM
That was a good read.

Made me smile.

Thanks!
By Credit on Saturday, 23 June 2007 4:43 AM
Great read, thanks

#1 was the best
By Ventrilo on Sunday, 24 June 2007 3:22 AM
This makes me laugh
By Nathalia on Thursday, 28 June 2007 1:15 AM
Yeah!!! apple + Z!!!! i remmember until i was on highschool very cool text and im sending to my friends lol
OMG
By NeFXP on Friday, 29 June 2007 7:27 AM
LOL LOL it's true XD
HMMMM
By sam on Saturday, 15 September 2007 7:31 PM
im only 17 im just in 11th grade and understood alot of them..... does that mean im going te even worst than alll of you? i want to be a graphic designer.. and umm....cntrl+z....i do that already.... :S JAJAJAJAJ
learningcomputer
By lK on Friday, 11 January 2008 2:13 AM
i am not a designer, a programmer instead, but this article is really funnnnyyyyy...

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