The wise, the absurd, and the profound

I am seeking thoughts (Graphic Design related, or not) that might (or might not) influence our day-to-day activities, humorous or otherwise, original or otherwise.

I will contribute this:
Once you accept you are surrounded by idiots, it explains a lot of things. It does not solve any problem, but it explains a lot of things.



Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.

There are two ways of doing things: My way, or the wrong way.


I haven’t touched your project in the 2 months since we first discussed it, but I’ll finish it in the next 2 hours.

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Being a graphic designer is a little bit like being a chef. You can recommend the steak. You can tell the customer all about how fresh it is and the amazing way you prepare it. But if the customer decides on a hamburger, it’s your job to give them the best hamburger you can.


Some of the best advice I was ever given: hang around people that want you to succeed and your chances automatically double.


On the other hand:
Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.


Oh man, that is so absolutely true.

The first time I ever ran into this logic was way back in college when I was doing an internship for, what was then, one of the hottest design studios in town. I remember sitting in on a client meeting when the client asked how they could possibly charge $XXXXX.XX for a simple wordmark that could have been drawn in 30 minutes.

The response from the studio owner was, “You’re not paying us for the time it took to draw a simple word mark. You’re paying us for the research and the 20-plus years of experience it took for us to be able to confidently tell you that this simple word mark is exactly what you need.”


Steven Wright once asked

How do you tell you’re out of invisible ink?


Why use fifteen words when seventy-five will do?

– said I

I can’t think outside the box – but I can think inside a bigger box.

Those who can, do. Those who cannot do, teach. Those who cannot do and cannot teach, critique.

Even though I said nothing, I said it very well.

Design is too important a task to be left with designers.

We never seem to get time to do it right, but somehow there’s always time to do it over.


The shortest path to being a good graphic designer is twenty years’ experience.


I don’t know where this came from but I will reproduce it here, enjoy.

Demotivational Slogans

APPREHENSION : When you realise that the light at the end of the tunnel is really an oncoming train.

BLOGGING : Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few.

CHANGE : When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can become deadly projectiles.

CONFORMITY : When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

CONSISTENCY : It’s only a virtue if you’re not a screwup.

DESPAIR : It’s always darkest just before it goes pitch black.

DYSFUNCTION : The only consistent feature in all of your dissatisfying relationships is you.

HUMILIATION : The harder you try, the dumber you look.

INCOMPETENCE : When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there’s no end to what you can’t do.

IGNORANCE : It’s amazing how much easier it is for a team to work together when no one has any idea where they’re going.

INSPIRATION : Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99% perspiration, which is why engineers sometimes smell really bad.

LONELINESS : If you find yourself struggling with loneliness, you are not alone. And yet you are alone. So very alone.

MEDIOCRITY : It takes a lot less time and most people won’t notice the difference until it’s too late.

MISFORTUNE : While good fortune often eludes you, this kind never misses.

PLANNING : Much work remains to be done before we can announce our total failure to make any progress whatsoever.

POWER : Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. But it rocks absolutely too.

PROBLEMS : No matter how great and destructive your problems may seem to you now, remember, you’re probably only seeing the tip of the Iceberg.

PROPAGANDA : What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies right to our faces.

RETIREMENT : Because you’ve given so much of yourself to the company that you don’t have anything left we can use.

RISKS : If you never try anything new, you’ll miss out on many of life’s greatest disappointments.

STRIFE : As long as we have each other, we’ll never run out of problems to solve.

STUPIDITY : Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win AND never quit are idiots.

TEAMWORK : A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.

TRADITION : Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid.

VISION : How can the future be so hard to predict when all of my worst fears keep coming true?


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