Insights into Who Roz Really Is

April 28, 2011

Sometimes I get the feeling that because I teach bookbinding and journaling with a "you can do it" gusto, and because I encourage people to draw and understand their creative process, that people get the idea I'm some sort of sweet (blech), huggy (don't come near me), earth mother (I'm dippy, but not in any way that could be classified as e.m.).

Today, my computer guy sent me a note about something Apple is doing to make my life expensive (it has to do with iPhones and publishing and it makes my head hurt, so I won't bother any of you with it). In the comment section of the article Bob sent me I found a link to another blog by accident. A happy accident. And here a young designer (seems to be a young woman in Norway) gives you 50 Reasons Not To Date a Graphic Designer. (On "a bourbon for silvia.")

If you haven't already started dating a graphic designer (or "horror" married one!) or if you just want to know a little bit more about ME, or graphic designers in general, then you should really read this list.

I don't do #6 (I admire too many of them—they entertain me) and #20 doesn't apply to me (yet), perhaps simply because I've always been print-focused even as it supposedly dies. But #3, #32, and #45 give you a very precise sense of me. Item #30 explains my political philosophy.

Item #48 has already happened for me, multiple times. So I guess I've had a long and fulfilling professional life!

We don't really need to say anything about #7, just plan accordingly if you attend with me.

And as for #27, even with the Pantone book this is challenging for me.

OK, pretty much everything else on this list is spot on, except #41, which was memorable, but I've also led a fulfilling personal life. Nuf said.

  1. Reply

    Great list! And your comments made me laugh out loud. 🙂

    • Karen
    • April 28, 2011

    HEY, ROZ, thanks for pointing out this one. I read the blog post but missed this. It’s very funny. So true.

    • Leslie Schramm
    • April 28, 2011

    Oh dear I think about 30 fitted me, and I work as a supply laboratory Chemist. And please treat the collage photos like a photoshop job, work on a copy; not the original. Mind you the painty hands is right, and at the moment stained from auriculas paste. Lovely flowers, but who ever invented a non waterproof flower ( the colours run in the rain ); was having one crazy day

    • anne
    • April 28, 2011

    so funny! had to share it

  2. I can personally vouch for many of those applying to architects…especially #5, 8, 23, 33 and MOST OF ALL #46!!!
    And what’s this I hear about never putting 2 spaces between sentences when you type on a keyboard? Can my 7th grade typing teacher be obsolete?

    • Terry Garrett
    • April 29, 2011

    What a fun post today dear one- I needed a laugh to start my day. Have only been on the bike twice…

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    Great list, thanks for pointing us to it. She forgot #51: They can’t read a sign if it’s improperly kerned.

    About #5: One day my father shook his head sadly at my dining table and said, “Why don’t you bring this over to my house and I’ll refinish it for you”.

    My response? “Then will you be angry when I over shoot with the drill and make holes in it?”

    My table is safe, drill holes, cut marks, paint stains, and all.

    • Carolyn
    • April 29, 2011

    I think of you more as a powerhouse (in a good way) than earth mother. Picturing you simultaneously writing your blog, answering comments, book binding (and teaching, of course), designing for clients, making and creating in your own journals, conversing with friends and colleagues, after starting the day bicycling 30 miles, possibly in a snowstorm. And I’m confident you are good at math.

    The list made me chuckle. As a book designer (a subgroup) some don’t fit for me, but many do. Definitely #7 (also copyright pages, acknowledgments), 11, 25, 33, and 50 (making 32 only a fantasy). Not #6, love to collaborate, share, bounce off ideas, be inspired by. I’m clueless about Neo and Matrix, and am not sure what is meant by “ordinary objects.”

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    Terry, I’m glad I could help with a laugh. I think the biking weather has been awful!!! I did get to go out today, Friday, however, and I’m feeling better about that. I hope you aren’t hit with rain (and worse) up there and can get out again soon. I forget how absolutely fun it is until I go out. I know it’s wonderful, but the level of wonderful seems to be forgotten until I go out the next time and then the process starts over. It was 46 this morning and relatively calm, and sunny. SO it can happen. Keep the faith.

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    Carolyn, I started to write you a note and then hit keys that made it evaporate. But thank you. I only rode 18 miles in the sunshine (46 degrees F) this a.m.! (I actually can do math, if I’d had enough sleep.)

    I’m glad that you enjoyed the list and found yourself there.

    I interpreted the ordinary objects item to speak to the on-going issue of wonder, but then I’m frequently laughing at everything anyway.

  6. Reply

    Maggie, 51 is a super addition! And I love that your table is “safe.”

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