Posted 2nd December 2015 | By Shannon Wright, Creative Manager

Every designer cares about perfection. This is both a curse and blessing. A designer will always strive to perfect anything they create right down to the last pixel, but knowing when to stop is the key.

  1. A Perfectionist – Every designer cares about perfection. This is both a curse and blessing. A designer will always strive to perfect anything they create right down to the last pixel, but knowing when to stop is the key. Knowing when to make the decision to say enough is enough is how you take proper creative control over your design work.
  1. A Perfectionist – Every designer cares about perfection. This is both a curse and blessing. A designer will always strive to perfect anything they create right down to the last pixel, but knowing when to stop is the key. Knowing when to make the decision to say enough is enough is how you take proper creative control over your design work.
  2. A Talker – From personal experience, designers can genuinely talk your ear off when you get them started. (Top Tip: avoid the words Comic Sans & deadline when talking to a designer.) Having the ability to communicate and talk through your design work is a key thing within the creative process though. Discussing and throwing ideas back and forth is how you improve creativity. Collaboration is the key to any successful piece of design, so having the ability to really talk is never going to be a bad thing for a designer.
  3. Extremely visual – Never give an instruction manual to a designer without diagrams. I can’t express this enough (then again, this is probably just related to me!).
  4. Always tired – Working 24/7 is not an uncommon occurrence within the design world. As a designer, you will find that deadlines start to rule your life... Good thing coffee and energy drinks exist!
  5. They truly hate comic sans – There's always been this big debate within the design industry about this topic, there's even a whole book about it! Of all the designers I've ever met before, not one of them have backed the poor font up... Comic Sans really does have the worst reputation!
    5a). Never ask a designer why they hate comic sans – It's not worth it, you'll be still be talking about it in a year's time (see number 2).
  6. Very passionate – All designers are passionate about their work and the industry. Design is such a big part of the world and so it's hard not to get excited about it! You'll know a designer when they stop you mid-conversation to point out how nice a particular character is within a font, or to try and work out the specific pantone of a nice colour (may or may not be talking about myself here).
  7. They are all genuinely weird – There's no doubt that designers have to think differently to be able to create and innovate... a lot of the things that come along with this though are probably a little out of the norm!
  8. They are all so easy to spot...

Here are a few extra ways that will help you to spot a designer from the offset:

  1. Will take a long time in a restaurant analyzing the layout and design of the menu.
  2. Brutally honest.
  3. Finds inspiration in everything!
  4. Is likely to buy something just because of the nice packaging.
  5. Uses terms like RGB, CMYK and Pantone to represent a colour.
  6. Is addicted to social media.
  7. Wears glasses – computers destroy eyesight.
  8. Brainstorming and doodling are their favourite things to do.

Written by Shannon Wright, Web Designer at ExtraMile Communications.

At ExtraMile we try to take an hour out each week to look around us at what others do and to gain inspiration and to admire people's creativity. Each post in this series is one staff member's take on the world of web, design and things online. We hope you enjoy it.

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