Stereotypes of Designers …

It is never a secret that all occupations out there are more or less surrounded with some sort of stereotypes or common thoughts. The most common misconceptions of designers of any type is that we are either a hipster, an extremely messy creative, a loner or a poor street-bound artist.

I decided it’s time to put the truth out there and bust these myths! From my graphic designer perspective of course …

We are not hipsters. We are not counter culturalists (according to the Google definition of “hipster”). No social group actually even calls themselves by the term hipsters. Therefore, designers are not hipsters. We are all unique individuals with our own passions, techniques and ways of accomplishing great design. So, you have it … we are unique individualists, not hipsters!

We are not messy creatives. We are always busy, with our hands full, so we have to be productive. This means we can never allow ourselves to be messy or untidy (on our desk or with our computer files) because it will put a huge damper on our productivity. This field of work not only needs round-the-clock creativity but also a deep level of concentration and focus. Speed and efficiency mean more work, more clients, more fun creative time and also more money. Time is money, no joke. So, why would we bother to lose this all in a giant mess?

We are not loners. I will start by stating that there are always people in any creative job setting who are absolutely unable to work as a team and provide best results when not disturbed. However, teamwork is a great way for productivity to sphere in the land-of-design. Effectiveness is sometimes limited to the edges of one’s own desk. So, success is created by the number of individual separate energies … as a united collective. Makes sense, right? Of course, working in a team doesn’t mean the lose of individual creativity (or fame). It up-sizes each designer’s individual abilities and makes work produced faster and more productive. So, why wouldn’t one want to brainstorm with a group of creatives and save time?

We are not poor street-bound artists. This one … I’m not even going to touch with a ten-foot pole and not a single word here is true. So, you might as well remove this from your stereotypical list.

For a bit of fun for all the designers out there reading this … ever wonder how else we as designers are perceived? Then check out this cheeky infographic posted by a team member at Creative Bloq

Have any other stereotypes you’d like to myth-bust?

Feel free to drop them in the comments below.

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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