I belong to a Facebook group about logo design. The incompetence displayed there by supposedly professional designers is astounding.
For example, I just responded to a designer who posted examples of how he specified brand colors in a recent style guide he created for a client.
The guy specified what he thought were Pantone spot color numbers, but they were seemingly from Pantone’s process color book. He also mentioned always telling his clients to use Pantone’s C colors instead of their U colors, then went on to say he didn’t really know what C and U meant (which was obvious). He provided completely different CMYK percentage breakdowns for his colors from those in the Pantone process color swatch book that he mistakenly referenced.
His ignorance and bad client advice aren’t surprises — this kind of incompetence seems rampant. What really surprised me was that out of the dozens of replies, likes, and loves he got complimenting him on his work, only one other person besides me pointed out his glaring mistakes of the sort that can get people sued.
I don’t expect minimum competence requirements for graphic design licensing will ever come about. I’m also unsurprised why so many clients and employers look down on graphic designers as a collective bunch of artsy oddballs whose judgment can’t be trusted.