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Blunt Designer Truths

Anneke Short Uses Simple Prints to Set the Record Straight About Design

— January 23, 2012 — Pop Culture
Used properly, computers are fantastic tools to foster creativity, especially in the design space; however, in her series 'Confessions of a Designer' artist Anneke Short comically sets the record straight about what it means to be a "real" designer.

These minimalist posters are honest reflections about the reality of being graphic designers. Every poster has a background of a different color and a comical message in a white font. She discusses topics like PCs versus Macs, Comic Sans and Photoshop. The messages are hilarious because of their simply straight-up honesty.

Although I'm a designer, I can feel the artistic frustration of Anneke Short and her need to defend the reputation of her colleagues and field.
Trend Themes
1. Minimalist Design - The use of simple designs, limited color palettes and typography will continue to gain popularity in graphic design.
2. Authenticity in Design - Designers who prioritize honesty, humor and relatable content in their work may see increased success and reach in their fields.
3. Comedic Content in Design - The use of humor in designs helps to create relatable content and may have wide appeal across many industries.
Industry Implications
1. Graphic Design - The graphic design industry may benefit from incorporating humor and authenticity in their designs and messaging.
2. Technology - The ongoing debate between PC and Mac usage may present opportunities for disruptive innovation in the technology industry.
3. Marketing/advertising - The use of comedic content in marketing and advertising campaigns may have wider appeal and generate increased engagement and conversion rates.
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