The Top 15 Sayings Graphic Designers Hate

Graphic Designers all around the world cringe when they hear the following:

(in no particular order)


1.  “Make the logo bigger.”

2.  “Work your magic.”

3.  “You can grab all the images you need, like the company logo, off of our website.”

4.  “I need it done yesterday.”

5.  “My wife had some thoughts…”

6.  “I don’t know what I want, but I’ll know when I see it.”

7.  “Make it pop.”

8.  “Take it to the next level.”

9.  “Think outside the box.”

10.  “Make it edgy.”

11.  “Make it sexy.”

12.  “Can we fill all the empty space?”

13.  “I started the design already; I’ll send you the Publisher file.”

14.  “Don’t spend much time on all these changes because we don’t have the budget.”

15.  (At revision round 9) “Can we go back to what you showed in the first round?”


And to get the bad taste out of your mouth, here’s the best thing a Graphic Designer can hear:

“I wish I had thought of that!”

(especially when coming from someone in the industry)


Post the sayings you love or hate to hear as a designer in the comments.


  1. “Make it pop” will forever trump “Make the logo bigger” due to the sheer douche-quotient in delivery.

  2. “Will this logo be digitized?” is a question I used to get at my previous job. Always a pleasure.

  3. I got a great one not that long ago, “Add some pizazz”

  4. The one I get time after time, that I’m getting used to now (which may be a bad thing), is:

    “Make it pretty.”

    • Ah yes, “Make it pretty.” I’d prefer, “Make it more feminine” or “flowery” or a more specific direction than “pretty.” But then again, they’ll know it when they see it. ha. ha.

      Thank you for sharing, Layla!

  5. Helen says:

    Then there’s the dreaded, “I just have a few tweaks.”

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your further post thank you once again.


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