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Snobs

Have you ever noticed that everyone is a snob about something? Graphic designers are sometimes snobs about which typeface is used, in class we are taught that you do not just go at your project and slap Comic Sans or Papyrus on it because it might look nice. So, because we are taught this in school, if we see someone just slapping these typefaces on something we shake our heads and think ‘you could have done so much more with this if you had only used a different typeface!’ But we’re not the only ones, people that are really into music will judge someone else on what they listen to; computer people might snub some electronic device because it does or does not have a certain device or something. Even people who do not think that they are snobs snub their noses at something; everyone has their own preferences and it is rather difficult sometimes to accept other people’s decisions for certain things.

3 Comments

  1. spotter2 wrote:

    I think people can be snobbish about things they are passionate about. They hold something in esteem and feel that others should respect that something by speaking about it or using it in an intelligent way.

    The problem arises when we decide to criticize rather than respectfully educate others. For example as graphic designer I am sensitive to which typefaces are used in the world around me. However, if a friend came to me to critique a poster designed using Comic Sans I would like to think I would tell them the reasons why Comic Sans is probably not a good choice rather than saying “this sucks”. Once you respectfully pass that information along they can do the same if they are ever in a similar situation.

    I think part of being a good designer is having high standard (which can sometimes come across as snobby). The key is to put yourself in someones else’s shoes before criticizing and to remember to spread good information not just criticism.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  2. galo wrote:

    I find that sometimes in my design class, a couple of classmates make snobbish remarks towards another’s work and behind their back too. There definitely exists that “I am a greater designer, my work is so much more creative than yours” frame of mind with some designers. I agree that people will defend what they are passionate about and that designers are particular about their typeface and ideas but there should be a level of respect when criticizing someone else’s work.

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
  3. ddunnema wrote:

    This is a interesting topic because its a behavior I notice a lot as well no matter what the subject is. I would agree that it is an attempt to hold oneself to a certain higher standard of quality but sometimes(most of the time) they can just come across as a jerk.

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Permalink