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You know you are a graphic designer when…

  • You watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials
  • You can spot bad typography from 100 yds away
  • You can name more than 200 fonts in under five minutes
  • You look upon a well-designed project with extreme jealousy
  • You tell stories of exacto-knife inflicted wounds with grizzled sort of pride
  • You’ve been spending three days non-stop on a project and it still looks like shit.
  • You find your pulse increase at the sight of a lovely ligature, glasses steam up when an unusually elegant arm, leg, or tail comes in view, and a well-kerned paragraph is apt to make you break into a sweat with excitement.
  • When you buy a movie about a typeface. (Helvetica)
  • When you know what “kerning” is and you really, really like it.
  • When you wear two [ke] [rn] pins on your bag, and only you know what the mean. To others its probably a band of sorts.
  • You’re in the sun and you look around for a Drop Shadow to sit under.
  • Seeing someone use Lens Flare or Comic Sans adversely affects your blood-pressure
  • You sit at work for eight hours straight just looking at your monitor, waiting for a spark of inspiration that doesn’t come.
  • You’re up ’til 5am because you came up with the best idea ever while brushing your teeth.
  • You know Lorem Ipsum by heart.
  • Activating your entire font collection makes your computer crash
  • You spend $200 on a font for your personal website because “it’s the only one where the lower-case g is just right
  • Looking at a menu make you go “hmmm, ITC Baskerville italic” rather than “mmmm, lunch!
  • You use words about fonts you dislike that other normal people reserve for fascist dictators and serial killers.
  • Apple+Z (Ctrl+Z ) is the first thing that goes through your mind if you drop and break something.
  • You know that rivers are more than just water.
  • You know that “bleeding” doesn’t hurt.
  • When you know the difference between fuchsia, magenta, and maroon.
  • If you could go back in time you wouldn’t go back to see the rise and fall of civilizations, you’d go back in time to destroy comic sans and papyrus.
  • You Know You’re a Graphic Designer When deciding on the right crop doesn’t involve a choice between corn or wheat.
  • You’ve considered naming your children things like ‘Kern’, ‘Pica’, ‘Bézier’, and ‘Serif’.

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