When I’m asked what I do, I wouldn’t always say the same thing to everyone. Often because I’m often not sure how to best describe it myself to those that are asking. I have always maintained I am a bit like Chandler Bing from Friends… my friends don’t fully understand what I can do. But there are reasons why I wouldn’t always just say “Web Designer”. This article will explain some of my thoughts.
On here I would denote that I am a “Web & Graphic Designer”, because that does pretty much communicate what I am. But if someone in the street asked me I would sometimes say just “Graphic Designer”. It really depends on who it is asking. Different people have varying viewpoints on what the roles mean. Some seem to think that “Web Designers” are like IT wizards and know everything about computers – clearly this is not the case.
There are people who believe that a Web Designer simply builds a website like assembling a garden shed or piece of furniture from IKEA.
This viewpoint makes me feel that there is no real appreciation of the creativity that a good Web Designer possesses. I think it is more a lack of knowledge than sheer ignorance, so I guess people can’t know what a Web Designer actually does unless they are enlightened by one.
Some print designers can have quite a negative view on Web Designers too (in my opinion). I have been in a situation before where I felt that because I was more technical than some of my print design peers, that I was being looked on as less creative than them, as if any strength I have technically can deducts from creativity! Before anyone jumps down my throat on this one, don’t forget that I still do, and always have done both design for web and print.
Logo design was always a passion of mine, and one of the disciplines that I always excelled at most. However, some people would have you believe that a Web Designer wouldn’t be as good a logo designer as a print designer. Pardon? Yes, believe it or not these opinions are out there floating about. So… it might make sense to brand ones self as a “Graphic Designer”? But that can potentially leave yourself open to another batch of misconceptions.
If you are branding yourself as a “Graphic Designer” in this day and age, then you do run the risk of being labelled as someone who can’t code, as discussed in a previous article. So, realistically if you do a mixture of design for web and print, then “Web & Graphic Designer” sounds like the ideal title to brand yourself with. Or, you could just settle for “Web Designer”, and accept that people may not fully appreciate the full scope of what you can do.
I know I’m not alone with my views on this subject, because a lot of Designers must feel the same.
What are your thoughts? Do you understand where I’m coming from?
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