Everyone's a Designer Now

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Whether you like it or not, you’re a graphic designer. In Why aren’t you (really) good at graphic design?, Seth Godin reminds us that this is a new truth in business. Every day people people in all walks of life throw bad clip art into their PowerPoint slides. They write memos using only 14 pt comic sans. Their email signatures contain an image of their favorite Disney character.

Please stop.

If you read Seth’s post, he provides a link to some great resources to learn the very basic graphic design skills that will keep you from embarrassing yourself and your company. Learn to design, it is now a basic business skill.

Somewhat related: ever notice that most people who say “I’m a visual person” can’t draw a lick. I think this is code for “I can’t articulate what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it. However, I will not pay for the dozens of revisions I’ll ask you to do.” I think that’s a topic for another time.

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