Graphic Designers Midlife Crisis Check List

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How do you know when you are a graphic designer suffering a midlife crisis -

  • When you feel all the other designs are looking prettier than yours
  • When you see a brochure and say – Why the “bleep” would you make typography that small – I would need a magnifying glass to read that (or my reading glasses). Thinking about it why did I used to laugh when someone suggested making body copy 12pt – it’s just perfectly sensible.
  • When you want to get rid of your old Mac and get a newer more attractive model
  • When you want an Ipad because – why?… well that still makes you hip doesn’t it?
  • When you still have a fax machine in the corner of your office just in case anyone ever wants to send some amends through
  • When you’re thinking about changing to Radio 2 for your background office music – because Radio 1 just repeats itself all day and what’s the “bleeping” dance stuff all about anyway
  • When you still have a can of spray mount in the cupboard and have a little reminiscent sniff of its lid when you see it
  • When you still think tranny means a 5″ x 4″ or 35mm slide you need to get scanned
  • When you still love quark – and you don’t care what anyone else says, you know you’re right

So how did you do?

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  1. Posted June 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    How about adding:
    “When you’ve still got a tray full of Letraset font cards, and kinda realise you’re not going to use them again, but keep them as they ‘used to be important’.

  2. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Good Idea Thule – I remember having one of those Letraset books – haven’t got it any more I don’t think (unless its in the loft) :)

  3. Posted June 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I did amazingly fine. Had a some laughs reading your post.

    I’ll admit however.. just before InDesign came out I was a Quark fan. Prior to that it was PageMaker. Adobe kept visiting me and preaching InDesign will smash Quark.

    Dance music is fun, so Radio 1 is fine.

    And I still have spray mount left.

  4. Posted June 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jae – you don’t look old enough to have a midlife crisis anyway. Long live spraymount!

  5. Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    @Tara: HAHAHAHA! I second that!

  6. Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I know a designer who still gets through his spray mount – clients still like to be wowed by a nice bit of mountboard with a quality mounted visual in ‘power’ meetings…

  7. Posted June 23, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    @Tara…. Lerv this! hahahaha..

    Can I post this on my blog?

  8. Posted June 23, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Hi Reikko – Thanks you are welcome to post an excerpt from it if you don’t mind giving a link back. Cheers Tara

  9. Posted June 23, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Hi Roxy – Nothing wrong with a bit of mount board, polyboards even better ;)

  10. Posted June 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Great post, A designers midlife crisis doesn’t sound too bad!! Not too scared of having one now!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Hahah.. Great post :)
    Gotta forward this to some colleagues!

    Tara, how did you do yourself ;) ?

  12. Posted July 4, 2010 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Autostol

    Tara, how did you do yourself

    errrrr…. no comment ;)

  13. Posted July 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m familiar with a lot of those and I’m just 19!

  14. Posted July 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Hi Edward

    Surely not :)
    Thanks for your comment.


  15. Posted July 20, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Lol…great ones…But i haven’t reached this state yet :)


  16. Posted July 20, 2010 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Smita

    You’re lucky – one day maybe :)

  17. Posted July 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Hello Tara,

    Any tips to avoid such situation :(


  18. Posted July 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Smita – pretend you are still a kid ;)

  19. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Seriously I am :)


  20. Leticia Heroine Ruiz
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    I feel like a midlife crisis designr!
    haha XD
    But I hope be an excelent designer!
    Im only 21

  21. Paul
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Tara, I laughed my socks off, but at 56 I now realize I’ve past the ‘design midlife crisis’, as all my Paraphernalia recently ended up in a big skip, unfortunately the next stage from Paraphernalia is Paranoia!
    …. don’t ask, but it’ll come to you all.
    All the Best

  22. Posted May 12, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Hi Paul – oh no, paranoia to look forward to next then :)

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