Avoiding Common Design Mistakes

I was reading HideYourArms the other day and came across this article where some brilliant designers have started putting together a list of 15 Awful Mistakes Made by Designers in the Music & Apparel Industry (here’s part 2 with the next 5). This is a must read for any T-Shirt designers, and IMHO anyone who is looking to hire designers. I’ve been working in and around the design industry for a long time and I can tell you that the points brought up in this article are right on. They’re not about style or technique, there about the business of design./


Designers who contributed to the article include:

Rob Dobi Dan Mumford Derek Deal Jimiyo Geoff May Justin Ryan Laurie Shipley AJ Dimarucot Jimmy Heartcore

On a lighter note, if you are a long time reader you may remember my post about the Design-Police.org and their nice little design critique sticker set.

Designpolice 2

I think some T-Shirt designers could use some things like “Unoriginal idea” “Over use of beer pong” and “Remove arrow pointing at penis”.

6 Responses to “Avoiding Common Design Mistakes”

  1. mingled says:

    5 good points (I guess we'll just have to wait for the other 10). I guess part of the reason that designers/artists get it so bad is that it's such a competitive area that they will do almost anything to get a job/design done because they know that if they don't, there are loads of others who will.

  2. karllong says:

    Yeah, there are so many kids that can thrash around in photoshop that will do shit for free it devalues professional design. Kind of “designers with low self esteem”

  3. hideyourarms says:

    The second part (points 6-10) is actually already online, there's a link to it at the end of the Go Mediazine article, although I haven't perused it myself.

  4. karllong says:

    Awesome, i'll add a link, cheers!

  5. hideyourarms says:

    I guess I should have mentioned it in my article really.

  6. karllong says:

    I read all through the article and did not see it :-)

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