Last Updated on November 4, 2023 by Hina Rubab
However talented graphic designers might be, they are bound to make mistakes. Common mistakes which are usually made by graphic designers is explained in this article. Here’s the list given below.
The common mistake made by designers is that they start their work without a clear description from the customer and end up in designing something totally irreverent to what was actually expected by the end user.
It’s important that designers collect detailed information from clients about their expectations before starting to work on the actual design. Also some graphic designers don’t understand the actual purpose of the design which can lead to flawed results. Hence, you should know your customer well before you create a design for them.
Another common myth prevailing among graphic designers is that more effects will result in good design. However practically speaking over use of effects only results in bad design and is not good practice. Effects must be used only when required and should be relevant to expectations of the end user.
Some of the common mistakes which are usually made by graphic designers are explained in this article.
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Use of Raster Images
Sometimes graphic designers use raster images for logos which will not be of good quality. Raster graphics is usually made of pixels and is not easily reproducible or editable.
Suppose if you want to maximize the logo for some big banners, then the picture quality will be greatly impacted and appear pixelated. This is a common mistake which should be avoided by graphic designers.
Poor choice in typefaces
Whenever you are designing a logo or graphic, you should choose the right typeface to match the logo and background. Common mistakes by graphic designers are mismatched fonts which affect the overall design. Also, they mix different typefaces in different sizes inside the same design which looks awkward.
Use of professional fonts in the right size is necessary for a clear and impressive design. For a simple logo, you should not use more than two fonts.
Overly complex designs
Sometimes the designs are very complex and they don’t scale very well when minimized to small sizes. For instance, designing a huge banner with complex designs and patterns would not look good when the image is reduced to thumbnail pictures. Suppose, if customer wants to print the design as thumbnail in his web page or business cards, it would be a serious problem.
Using too many colours
Relying too much on colours for your design may result in complexity of the image and it will lose its identity. Some people use different fonts with different colours which do not match the background and create an ugly design. Use of blending and transparency effects when not required will also make your design awkward.
Using Stock Art for logos
Use of downloaded images from the internet, can be of risk to your clients. This is another mistake made by graphic designers who are not aware of copyrights. Logos or graphic designs done for clients must be original and unique.
If illegal images are caught for piracy, it can result in various copyright issues and your design will get banned for that. Make sure you follow proper stock photography ideas and license them from libraries.
Bad deep etching
Beginners and inexperienced designers make use of the lasso tool, magic wand or quick select tool for extracting objects or backgrounds from an image. However such extraction methods are not precise as done using a pen tool. Objects extracted through magic wand will not have proper finish and will be pixelated.
Overuse of gradients
Gradients are used by amateur designers for backgrounds however it’s not really a good practice. Especially rainbow gradients with contrasting colours give a cheap and awkward look for the images and are not really useful.
Going crazy with photo filters
Some designers are totally obsessed with filters in photographs. They are easier and fun to use, however too much of filters will make your design look unprofessional and dull. Only amateur graphic designers tend to misuse and overuse filters.
Using low resolution for print
Sometimes graphic designers tend to use 72 dpi for printed images which results in poor quality. Typically this is good for websites, however for printing you should use 300 dpi pixel densities. You should also cross-check with your printer and decide the correct pixel density.
Using wrong colour modes
Most graphic design software operates in different colour modes like RGB, Grayscale, CMYK, Indexed colour mode, Bitmap colour mode etc. While RGB is good for when you are writing blog posts and designing websites, CMYK is preferred for printed magazines and flex banners. Some graphic designers use the colour mode wrongly which affects the print quality completely. Hence, you should be careful while choosing the colour mode based on how the design will be used.
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