Advice: Building the best graphic design toolbox

There is no perfect set of tools for graphic designers. We’re all unique, we all work in different ways, and budgets always come in to play. I’ve put together a breakdown of major factors when building the best graphic design hardware and software toolbox based on my experience. Consider the following as a guide, rather than a set of absolute rules.
Design Toolbox

Keep it simple

I’ve been a graphic designer for 30 years, using the Macintosh the entire time to produce work for some great clients. I’ve worked for ad agencies large and small, a design firm, printing companies, and I’ve freelanced full and part time. Over the years I’ve learned a few short rules as it pertains to building my design toolbox and getting things done—and it has held true everywhere I’ve worked. Those rules are: keep it simple no matter the cost, don’t get caught up in software trends and gimmicks, buy a little more than you think you need, because you will grow into it. The following is more specific advice for building your design toolbox. (more…)

Know your shit vs. know you’re shit

Grammar

While one person couldn’t care less about colons vs. semicolons, another person will have a visceral reaction to a misplaced apostrophe or a “there” where a “their” is needed…

In the age of texting and 140-character blurbs, grammar has become a lost art. But in business, it’s the difference between taking you seriously or not.

The most ignorant puddle of palaver all year

So I was reading the Macalope column over at Macworld.com and he/they/it shared a link to this dipshit’s commentary on Apple (titled: 10 Things Apple Won’t Say). As pointed out by the Macalope, this ass-spatula (also referred to by his mother as Quentin Fottrell) wrote the same article two years ago. Not similar, but almost exactly the same.

Normally that would be bad enough to call this ass-hat out publicly—but almost everything he writes is completely made-up monkey piss, or incredibly stinky and opinionated guano.

Note: The link to the ‘article’ in question is a no-follow link, so the putz gets no Google juice from linking to it. So go ahead and read this hot mess. But be warned, unless you just now found out who/what Apple is, this article is going to annoy the ever-loving’ shit out of you.

60% of your fellow designers are breaking the law every day

Font survey
Ever wonder how many of your fellow graphic designers break the law? Well, around 60% of them are at least honest about it when they say they are. Grab a copy of The Hidden Risks of Font Misuse, a survey of creatives conducted by Extensis.

About 80% don’t bother to read a font license, because around 80% of us can’t understand a frigging word of the legal mumbo-jumbo. I suspect this is at least 50% of the problem.