Why Graphic Design is like Sex

Why graphic design is like sex

The virgin

The virgin…aka the blank white piece of paper you encounter at the beginning of every creative job. There is fear and uncertainty of the unknown (exciting though).

A bit of foreplay

Sketching, exploration of ideas and a bit of frustration when something does not quite have the desired result. Then when things seem to be going right and you know you have had a good idea you start thinking OMG OMG this could be it, but first…

The Kama Sutra

You need to take that great idea and work out the best positions for logos, images and typography. A lot of experimentation is required to make sure everything fits together perfectly.

The headache

If the Kama Sutra of design positioning does not go quite as planned you may find yourself feeling totally deflated with a major design headache that completely puts you off your stride.

The climax

When a great idea finally meets great style and layout ultimately that Harry Met Sally moment will arrive and you can barely contain yourself.

Showing off your babies

With any luck you will find your client cooing over your newly born babies, just hope they don’t start switching the new born babys’ outfits around so you end up with a mismatched monster. Worse still, you hope that they don’t like the ugly baby that just tagged along for the ride.

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  1. Posted March 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    These are such great analogy! I’m going to be sure to past these on to our friends. Great read Tara, thank you!

  2. Posted March 10, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    thanks :)

  3. Posted March 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    That fake orgasm scene is a classic, lol. The comparison seems legit.

  4. Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    LOL thank you for this – really perked up my morning! Gonna pop this on a cheeky email to a few folks for a good giggle!

  5. Posted March 12, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Fantastic. This is one to be bookmarked and looked at when times are bad.

  6. Posted March 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I remember this scene… hehe. “Yes”… love Meg Ryan

  7. Posted March 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    hi, that’s a new discovery, nice! :)

  8. Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Haha! This is a great article, true and funny. Looking forward to passing this on to a few designers!

  9. Posted March 21, 2012 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    Nice comparison; I suppose one could be used as a metaphor for the other.

  10. Margaret
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    LOL thanks for the article and the giggles! That old Meg Ryan scene never gets old! :)

    When I still do occasional client work, that “uggly baby” is almost always a life saver, but it’s true that there’s no accounting for taste, and sometimes it’s a big problem when parts of the ugly baby somehow manage to win a client’s favor. lol

  11. Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    great article! something only a designer understands!

  12. Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    lol great article! And I love that old Meg clip!

  13. Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    OK, I read the list, it’s a funny comparison.
    The scene from the “When Harry met Sally” is an amazing one.
    Keep blogging!

  14. Posted April 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Of course your title was irresistible and I had to indulge myself – so glad that I did! I am still chuckling and will save this one for when times get tough. Pinpoint comparisons!

  15. Posted May 7, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks Tammy :)

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