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Kristine’s Cartoons: The Life of a Designer

The life of a designer isn’t an easy one. In fact, designers are some of the most underappreciated people in the world of digital media. While it’s nearly impossible to sell a poorly designed product or market a badly cobbled together blog, it’s the PPC specialists and SEO soothsayers that get all the credit. Design quietly and carefully crafts a look and feel for a brand with loads of feedback from pretty much every end of the spectrum: from clients and managers to fellow colleagues and even other designers.

In fact, if we had a dollar for every time someone asked us to “make it look just like the Apple website”…well we wouldn’t be marketing HR Technology products any longer, now would we?


This week’s cartoon shows the leading symptom of designeria nervosa, a term we just made up to roll all the frustration of a designer into one frustrating disease (that no HMO will cover). So here’s to you:

Boss who asks if we can “pop a filter over that” video we just spent three hours rendering.

Client who asks for a completed powerpoint three hours before a conference and then uses her own instead.

Colleague who thinks “those icons look too modern-y”.

Friend who wishes she could “doodle all day”.

Manager who wishes “the logo could just be a touch bigger”.