Avoid These 3 Graphic Design Mistakes Like the Plague

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Hey designers! If you watch our channel or read some of our other tutorials, you know that we like to teach you the best tips on Sketchup, architecture, and design. In this article, however, we’re going to go over three mistakes you DON’T want to make. Specifically, graphic design mistakes. No matter what kind of designer you are, you want to be sure that you’re putting your best work out there. Some of these tips can be applied to any kind of design, so even if you’re not a graphic designer, check it out!

The tips we’re going to cover deal with the client and what you should be focusing on when creating a presentation or final document for them.

3 Graphic Design Mistakes

1. Check Your Copy

In this example, the designer used a template to create the image. The template had a few fonts included: one for “Q & A,” one for the cursive text, and two for the main title. These all look fine, but if you look closer you will realize it is not grammatically correct, and it also doesn’t match the title the designer was given. This image has a very small amount of text, so for something like this, it is even more important the text is grammatically correct and identical to the text you were given.

graphic design mistakes: check your copy

In the case that you do get a copy that is grammatically incorrect, it is best to compile a list of everything that is incorrect and ask the client if it was purposeful, or if they want you to change it. Be nice! Send it all at once to make it easier for you and the client!

2. Avoid Pixelated Images

This may be one of the most important mistakes to avoid when doing graphic design! It’s your job to create crisp and aesthetic images, so never ever use a pixelated image. Even if the rest of your document is spot on, a pixelated image will really bring the quality down. See this fuzzy picture is no fun to look at right?

graphic design mistakes: avoid pixelated images

If you do come across an image that isn’t sharp and was provided by the client, just contact the client to see if they can provide a higher quality image or any alternative images.

3. Stop Being Lazy

The last of the graphic design mistakes to avoid is being lazy! Being lazy can lead to poor quality or even legal repercussions! In this example, the designer pulled an arrow off a website to use in the document. This could result in copyright infringement if they were not given permission to use the arrow. Also, if you look closely, you can see how jagged the edges of the arrow are. This could be because the designer just erased the background color and didn’t bother sharpening the edges. A simple fix would have been to just use the pen tool to trace around the shape to create clean, crisp lines.

graphic design mistakes: stop being lazy

If you’re looking for high-quality images to use in your next design, there are plenty of sites that offer free, high-res stock photos. Take a look at 123rf, pexels, and unsplash. The next time you go to design something for a client, be sure to keep these graphic design mistakes in mind so that you can create quality work that you and your client will both be happy with.

Happy Hacking!


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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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