You know you're a web designer if...

Here are a few situations I found my self in that got me thinking how influenced am I from the whole web design business. Important to mention that all of the below situations really happened to me – no kidding.

You know you’re a web designer if…

  • If you hope that IE6 will soon be extinct, then you're definitely a web designer.   
    I have a feeling we're all on the same side here.
  • If you make a mistake in real life and mentally press Command/Ctrl+Z, then you're a web designer.   
    This happens to me quite often and I find it pretty sad.
  • If you get mad at your friend for not using Firefox, then you're a web designer.
  • If you love simplicity, then you're more likely an experienced web designer.   
    Simplicity is a really common term in today's web design community.
  • If you get designer blocks, then you're obviously a web designer.
  • If you have hard time explaining your newbie friends how to use Photoshop without mentioning keyboard shortcuts, then you're a web designer.
  • If you hate printed material using Times New Roman and/or Comic Sans fonts, then you're a web designer.   
    My brother keeps doing that for his school projects. I make him to go back to change it.
  • If you find it funny to hand in a school essay to your teacher with the "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet" text just for the joke's sake, then you're a web designer.   
    I'm serious, I almost did it.
  • If you find the one inspiration you were looking for, and you get mad thinking your ideas were taken, then you're a web designer.   
    I know it happened to most of you, don't lie.
  • If you wish there was Copy & Paste in real life, then you're a web designer.
  • If you judge a book or a magazine by its cover, then you're a web or graphic designer.   
    Ye I know, don't judge a book by its cover, well... screw that!
  • If you get asked by your friends to criticize websites, then you're a web designer.
  • If you start to analyze special effects in posters, ads or photos, then you're a web or graphic designer.   
    That makes me feel like a complete nerd.
  • If you start naming fonts of store’s  titles in the mall, then you're a web designer.   
    That too.
  • If you go Mac and never want to go back, then you might be a web designer and a snob (according to this).   
    I heard quite a few stories of people changing to Mac from a PC and never wanting so see windows ever again.
  • If you write your study notes as if they were website's typography, then you're a web designer.   
    That's actually really good, keeps me well organized.
  • And if you write a post about ways to know if you're a web designer or not, then you might be a little bored... oh, and web designer.   

Hope you enjoyed the post and looking forward to hearing yours as well! Will update once I get some new ones into my head.

Update: Just for a bonus, here is a very entertaining video I found regarding fonts. Very amusing!

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Nice post, would certainly agree to single ones mentioned.
Going through the most i was just thinking i really do some of those thinks, and now really feel that i am designer.

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@ozzysong: Sure, I don\\\'t mind :) Thanks for the credit.

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I translated your article in my blog giving you the deserved credit, hope you don't mind :D

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Like the list. Except for the mac... screw mac. I will never go mac.

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@Sumesh: Hehe, nice points mate :)
@Liz: That too :)

Dor Dan
March 21, 2009

Really a nice post and specially the ctrl+z which i think of doing a lot :/ but literally a very nice post

and yes when you are always looking a think as a design when you are on date then you are a "DESIGNER" :)

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if you read this entire post, you might be a web designer?

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I loved a lot of your points, and here\'s a few I\'d add in:

- if you take a look at your uni\'s crappy website and say \"they\'re so 1990s\", you\'re a web designer.
- if the ideal world, according to you, is a standards-compliant, CSS3-toting place where everyone has fast internet, the latest browser and software, just so that they can browse modern websites, you\'re a designer.
- if you look at tutorials on using Terminal and say \"but I\'m a designer, not a code ninja\", you\'re a designer.

And regarding the Mac switchers, I\'m certainly one of them - I was a Mac evangelist in my school and family even before I bought a Mac. When I did (in Dec 2008), I loved it totally - the few flaws on a Mac are negligible compared to the headaches on Windows. As a designer, you\'d be most productive, when you can work without thinking of fixing stuff around the OS all the time.

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"Ye I know, don't judge a book by its cover, well... screw that!"

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Feels like Jeff Foxworthy red-neck jokes for web developers :D Enjoyed it :)

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March 20, 2009

I was teaching a friend the basics of photoshop and was using a combo of one hand on keyboard and one on the mouse.. .I was just going too quick !

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March 20, 2009

Thoughtfully and Humorously put.

I think I fall into most of those.

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March 20, 2009

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March 20, 2009

funny post I like, thanks..


We share the same thoughts!

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March 20, 2009

Dear god it's true, I do most of that...

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February 02, 2009

I made a giant poster of it and put it on the wall in my office, for my friends and beloved so they know what's wrong with me ;-)

January 29, 2009

Pretty much of them are all me... especially number 4. I love making simple designs.

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November 26, 2008

Add Papyrus to the list of hated fonts. It's the new Comic Sans. Ugh. lol.

Amber Weinberg
November 26, 2008

Funny one...;-p

November 17, 2008

...... everything is so true...
... The only thing that I've stopped doing is guessing the font.. jeje
..I really need help with the ctrl/z thing though..

I completely agree with the Mac one... they're snobs... that' is the only reason I don't buy one.. people are going to think I am one of them.... arrogant and self-centered.

November 08, 2008

Great post! I totally agree with every single one of those!

I especially love... you get mad at your friend for not using Firefox, then you're a web designer. (It really bothers me when they use IE, haha)

October 29, 2008

According to this list I'm becoming one really fast. All I gotta do is start naming fonts and get a Mac. Check.

October 29, 2008

If you read this blog then...

Thanks for the chuckle!

October 29, 2008

@Nick: Why not a good thing? Hehe.
@Raul: Tell me about it...

Thanks for the comments, much appreciated

Dor Dan
October 21, 2008

Howabout - if you recognise and curse people using default photoshop brushes in mainstreem advertising, and you can recognise non-default brushes and name the site that gives them away.

I do that all the time. I need to get out more.

October 21, 2008

sure wished ctrl+z works in real life

October 21, 2008

Yay, most apply to me, wait, is this a good thing? Brilliant list, loved it :)

Nick | Resource Pile
October 21, 2008

Sometime you're looking for the comment box somewhere on the traditional newspaper, or trying to figure out a way to 'close' the ads, then you're definitely a web designer :)

October 20, 2008

@Designer: yep, I guess so :)
@Eduardo and @speckboy: glad you liked it!
@David: True!

Dor Dan
October 20, 2008

If everytime you watch a nice web, you have to see the source and the CSS, you are a web designer!!

October 20, 2008

Loved your post. Dugg and Stumbled.

October 20, 2008

Great post, you nailed it on the head.

Eduardo Lares
October 20, 2008

I've never wanted "Copy" and/or "Paste" in real life, but I have wanted "Save" many times.

Oh and people who "go to Mac and never want to go back" aren't necessarily web designers - they're probably just Mac users who were so stupid that they couldn't even work out that they were Mac users ;) Ah sorry couldn't resist! :)

Ben W
October 20, 2008

All good points, but most of these fall under Designer title not just web designer.

October 20, 2008

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