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Funny stuff related to computers and desktop publishing


Graphic Design breakdown

Graphic design is 2% coffee? Read the small print by viewing the full size image.

Brett Jordan CC by 2.0 license; via flickr.com

Take a break. You deserve it. Here's some funny stuff, sometimes related to desktop publishing and/or graphic design and sometimes just general computer silliness. Read it. Chuckle. Get back to work.

Say it with a song: Make the Logo Bigger (let this play while reading all the other design humor)

You Know You're a Graphic Designer When...

  • "You maintain a grid system for your refrigerator magnets" and more.


  • "You can’t go to a restaurant without secretly critiquing the menu design" and more, including The Unspoken Rules of Graphic Design.


  • You Know You're a Font Fanatic If...
    From the Type & Fonts forum and other sources this long list is full of funnies by and about those who love their type (for some, maybe a wee bit too much?).


The Six Patron Saints of Graphic Design
Have a little faith. Meet St. Anxiete, the patron of impossible deadlines and foamy coffee, St. Pantone, the patron of pretty colors and office pets, along with St. Concepta, St. Exacta, St. Pixela, and St. Typo. It's a hoot.

WordPlay & No Go Logo


Working as a Designer

I really do WORK at home. Those of you who work-at-home know how difficult it can be sometimes to convince friends and family members that our jobs are real even if we do them at home. Several years ago my son brought a friend home and was explaining to him how I work at home on my computer. I hear the friend come into my office while I'm laying out a magazine page that included an ad with puzzle pieces as part of the artwork. A few moments later I overhear him telling my son, "Your mom isn't working. I just looked and she's in there doing a puzzle game on her computer." I was working, really I was.

You’ve learned your lesson and stopped using the word “final” in any file name when saving.
Doctors, astronauts, and plumbers need training to do their jobs, but anyone with a copy of Publisher is a graphic designer.

The differences between freelance and in-house designers includes socks and showering.

Mistakes can be funny and useful gives something to laugh about and learn from. From About.com Web Design/HTML Guide Jennifer Krynin.

Computer Humor

MS Macintosh? We have lots of computer parts around our house and for several years I used to fiddle around with rebuilding old computers. My son took an interest and even did a science project once about the inner workings of a computer. When his computer class teacher asked if anyone knew about desktop publishing he was the only one to raise his hand (he better know what it is). Unfortunately I then learned that he wasn't quite so computer-savvy as I might have thought. He had to ask the teacher how to get Windows up and running on the school computer — they use Macs. <sigh>

Relax, take a break. Here's some funny stories and amusing anecdotes about those wonderful computers we all know and love (usually).


Pick Your Path to Desktop Publishing
Get Started: Basic Guidelines and Requirements for Desktop Publishing
Choose Software: Desktop Publishing and Design Software
Tips & Tutorials: How to Do Desktop Publishing
Training, Education, Jobs: Careers in Desktop Publishing
In the Classroom: Back to School With Desktop Publishing
Make Something: Things to Make Using Desktop Publishing
Use Templates: T emplates for Print and Web Publishing

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