Big post coming up.
I've been meaning to write this for a while. I first mentioned it here and I've been thinking about it ever since.
I love my job. Absolutely love it. Not many people can say that, but then not many people get to do their hobby for a living. Ever since I was 13 I wanted to be a graphic designer (technically my school library careers guidebook called it an advertising artist, but hey) and ever since I was 13 I pretty much knew what I had to do to get there. It's not just me, I have friends who thought like that too.
It seems to me that if you're a designer, a proper designer not someone who learnt Photoshop in between phone calls, then design runs through your veins like Pantone 7418. But more than that, it's there in every aspect of life. You can't stop looking at things through your designer eyes. Everything you do is clouded by this thing that lives inside you.
Now, this is no bad thing. But I'm becoming fascinated by how this thing takes hold of us all and I'd like to share it with you lovely people.
So what's it like, living with this disease? What does it make you do that other people don't do? How does it affect you?
Let's say you took a trip in to town one day. First off, you'd be incredibly upset by the shocking kerning on this roadsign.
And if you parked your car in a multi storey car park the thing you'd be most struck by are these
And of course this.
We all love arrows and we all love collecting things, more about that later.
As you left the car park you'd see this
and it would annoy you, really annoy you, that it wasn't quite centred and it wasn't quite justified and it wasn't left aligned and it wasn't right aligned. You see sometimes the disease will stop you enjoying things. I know designers who will walk out of a room because the colour upsets them.
Or you might see this on the way to a gig
and spend the rest of the concert wondering why they distorted the type like that?
Back on your journey into town. You'd step outside and see this and wonder how on earth that can be allowed to happened. Who would space type like that?
Then you'd spot this and be puzzled by the logotype. Do Ferrari really have an estate agency?
On the drive home you'd take photos like this.
People with the disease will always choose books by their covers. Probably these covers.
Probably these covers and these colours, becuase you love colours, you worship colours which is why you collect things (you see, collecting again) like this
and why this website was so spot on.
But it's not just books, it's everything. You'll choose wine by the design of the label,
you'd stay here because of the sign
and you'd photograph the sign and a million others like it.
If you were good, really good, you'd collect all these photos of signs and store them alphabetically
because they may come in handy one day. Just like you collected these pencils
and they came in handy.
You'd also be obsessed with letters, or type as you've been taught to call it. Letters of any shape, size or description.
which means you start collecting things like this
and like this
as that magpie like bit of the disease seeps out through your keyboard into the finer reaches of eBay.
Again, if you were good, you'd pick up on this obsession and turn it into a project like this
It's not just letters, it's numbers too. You'd photograph and collect things like this
in fact, that inner magpie would make you arrange everything like this
and on the biggest day in modern history it would make you wander the streets looking for postcards. And then you'd do this.
(Told you Alan understood).
You see, it affects every aspect of your life. How you think, how you buy, what you see. If you're lucky you're friends and family will pick up on this and if you're lucky you'll get things like this for Christmas
which will be the best thing you receive all year because it gives you a quick fix.
Designers, does that sound familiar?