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But are you really a graphic designer?

My week has been, amongst other things, slightly consumed with making a design test for graphic designers that are interviewing for open positions at my job. My wonderful copy writer really got the test started by writing out things that are important to a designer and skills a designer should have. Then it was my turn to really drill down into the test and make sure we were using the right terminology and finally actually making the test. I even had a fellow designer Laura Rings take the test to make sure it could actually be passed by a graphic designer. By the way, she passed with flying colors.

So the question begs, what makes a graphic designer? There are people out there that have never gone to school for it, but have a tremendous portfolio of work. But then you also have people who did go to school, but even comparing between them, there are noticeable differences between their creative process and technical skills. Once again I ask, what makes a graphic designer?

While many answers may come flying at me via the comments section after people read this, I don’t actually have an answer. The answer all depends on who you talk to on a certain day, at a certain time. But I do offer up something fun to entertain you: A test that sees if you really do know your stuff when it comes to typography and specifically kerning. So follow the link and test your skills! I promise it will be entertaining! Be sure to post your results in the comment section!

Click for kerning test here!

3 thoughts on “But are you really a graphic designer?”

  1. neena
     ·  Reply

    a. i didnt know what kern meant until i took this test. I still dont really…are we just moving letters?
    b. i got a 95?! is that right??

    • admin
       ·  Reply

      Hello!

      A. Yes, technically you’re just moving letter closer or further apart. But the reality is that each letter occupies a space and due to different type shapes, sometimes things look optically wrong, even if they are technically all sitting the same amount of space away from each other. So a typographer/designer has to go in and make all the letters optically make sense when viewed together.

      Good job! 🙂

  2. Laura
     ·  Reply

    love this test and love this blog post! What a great way to make people think about the world they live in day after day! Tis the beauty of our profession.

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