The only way the internet is ever going to be truly bearable is if we all learn to do it properly. And while social media has the potential to be a creative god-send, it is also responsible for 63% of my daily breakdowns.
We designers are a special bunch, having developed a set of behaviours specific to our industry. However, these codes have failed to properly permeate every corner of our Creative Industry Filter Bubble. As much as we try to mute and unfollow the worst practitioners, social media bad behaviour still manages to trickle through.
Think of this listicle as your digital table manners.
BEHAVIOUR YOU NEED TO STOP IMMEDIATELY
Spamming: Please don’t make us have to pretend to vote for you to win ‘Top 600 Web Wizards Under 40.’
Humble Bragging: No, we don’t know who can reupholster your Aston Martin DB9 bucket seats. Sort it out.
Moaning: This is highly paid colouring in. It’s nobody’s fault but your own if you end up doing it all night.
Bitching: Say that again, to my face. I dare you.
Sub tweeting: ‘Some people’ aren’t even bright enough to properly disguise their bitching. #Just saying.
Great Meeting-ing: Well done, you managed to successfully do the thing we all do all of the time.
Exciting Project-ing: We’re on pins.
Bandwaggoning: Using the death of a lion to pimp your latest illustration is not cool. Perhaps donate some cash to PETA if you feel that strongly about it.
Not Replying: It’s what FAV was invented for.
BEHAVIOUR THAT’S NOT ACTUALLY AS BAD AS YOU FEAR IT IS
Photos Of Your Kids: Most kids are cute. Also, it proves you’re human and we had our doubts.
Emotion and Feels: You’re allowed to care about stuff, just don’t use it as a gateway to selling us an app.
RTing Praise: In a 180 degree about face, I’m gonna come out and say a smattering of self love won’t harm. If you don’t blow your trumpet, who will?
Not Replying ASAP: Train journeys and meetings are actually the perfect time to get stuck into your notifications.
BEHAVIOUR THAT’S UN-EFFING-FORGIVABLE
Mocking Other Designers: Big agencies have feelings too. And no, it doesn’t look like male genitalia.
Mocking Students: There’s a special place in hell for superstar designers who mock grads with poor spelling.
BEHAVIOUR WE’RE ALREADY REALLY GOOD AT
Big-ups: Name me another industry that so actively promotes the work of the competition?
Advice: Our blogging game is tight. Search far enough and you’ll see we share pretty much everything from keyboard shortcuts to emotional wellbeing.
Recommendations: Illustrators, divs, PMs and copywriters. On social media, mi contacts es tu contacts.