So let’s talk about a job that I call my closer-to-reality job.
Neon colors, word art, frames – OH MY!
Whoever is reading this entry, I'm sure that you've had your fair share of travels around cyberspace. I'm pretty sure that you've also gone through the experience of opening a webpage, and upon seeing it load, utter a cry of "MY EYES DAMN IT MY EYES.”
I'm sorry Hellenic Children's Museum, but this website seriously gave me nightmares.
I take things a bit more seriously than most people. When I see a website or image such as the one above, I devote a minute of my time silently screaming, looking at the page source, and contemplating the fact that someone got paid to do this abomination.
After I have calmed down from my tirade, introspection usually follows. I ask myself, why the eff don't these people take their webpages more seriously? What kind of eyes are you using to think that bright pink on a neon green background is a good idea? Did you know that splash pages were so 90s?
Sadly, I know why companies and individuals commit mortal graphic design sin: they don't think it’s important enough.
I can definitely see where they're coming from, working in a non-profit organization. Why spend money on a good web designer when you can spend more for funding programs or buying more supplies? I experienced this in my own work, where the company’s website hasn’t been redesigned since the 90s. Even though my boss so very badly wanted the website revamped, she didn’t have the time, and she couldn’t pay a proper web designer to do the job because they needed funds for other things. Sadly, the design aspect of things usually takes a backseat to other programs and activities.
But the thing is promotion and information dissemination is just as important as the programs you conduct or the services that you offer. I know that people say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or in this case, a company by its website or infographics), but I think that having well-designed, carefully structured websites and graphics are a sign that you take your mission seriously. It makes it easier for people to see what you stand for and how you want them to take part in your mission. It’s like going to a job interview in a collared blouse and tied back hair and subconsciously saying – “I care enough about your company to not look like a hobo in your presence.”
That’s why I’ve always said to myself, I really want to help out these companies that can’t afford to get their cyberspace message across. There are so many charitable organizations out there that need to get their causes out, but they just can’t come up with the time, efforts, and funds to do it. Take this website for example:
I’m sorry Books for the Baranggay for using you as an example, haha. But see, it’s a perfectly good cause that needs funding and contributions, but it doesn’t get as much help. A large part of it is probably because navigating their current website is a nightmare. People don’t know how to help because they can’t figure out how. Also, they aren’t motivated to help because the design doesn’t engage them to find out more about the cause.
This is why I want to be a cyberspace media design maven (yay for invented terms!). Because there are perfectly good organizations out there that need help with their graphic design needs. What better way for you to get your point across than spreading it through cyberspace, where everybody is sure to be on at least a portion of their day? I make it sound like a job for a super hero, but really, it’s just a job for someone like me who wants to help spreading good causes and missions.
But let’s step on the brakes for a while.
Even so, I believe this dream of mine can become (and needs to be!) a reality. I’m currently self-studying web and graphic design for my current job and for freelance endeavors. I’m also figuring out a way to balance a stable job with practicing my skills. Hopefully, my dream won’t be so far away from the future. Here’s to less pained eyes from graphic design nightmares!
And maybe, who knows, I can still manage being a Gundam pilot on the side.
It’s so much fun writing about dreams! And like my new friend Elle says, “…it’s never too late to start dreaming, [and] I’ve decided to start now.” She’s still in the process of imagining her dream job, so give her a nudge over here! Let’s all commiserate in the loveliness of our dreams.
This entry is part of a blogging challenge by Wanderrgirl.