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Surviving Spring: A Creative’s Guide

“Welcome, fellow designers, to the wacky world of sleep deprivation and seasonal allergies!” I announce to the air as I begin this blog. It’s March; losing an hour’s sleep to the time change paired with dry, irritated eyes and an itchy nose have left me muddling through the morning. It is refreshing, however, to hear the robins sing and see buds forming on the trees. My nose burns. Ah yes—pollen.

But the workday is ahead of me; as if deadlines weren’t exciting enough, now there’s brain fog, fatigue, and even the antihistamine to contend with. But fear not, creative comrades, for in the realm of graphic design, there’s always room for a little humour and a whole lot of sass. So grab a hot beverage and your favourite pen, because we’re about to embark on a hilarious journey through the ups and downs of surviving spring as a graphic designer. You should probably take notes in case I forget what I’ve written.

The Battle of the Brain

Mental fog is the bane of every designer’s existence. Cue up Green Day’s Brain Stew. Luckily there’s a secret weapon: the almighty sticky note. Write down your brilliant ideas before they disappear into the abyss of forgetfulness, and remember, it’s not procrastination—it’s strategic brainstorming. Put them everywhere.

The Great Escape

Picture this: you’re in the middle of a virtual meeting when suddenly the urge to sneeze strikes with gale force. Solution? Master the art of the Zoom call sneeze. Mute your microphone, turn off your camera, and let it rip. Resume call. Always have a box of tissues nearby—maybe a small mirror, too.

The Ergonomic Odyssey

The ergonomic office chair is the holy grail of comfort. But finding the perfect throne for your weary behind can be a real pain in the…weary behind. Fear not, brave adventurers, for with a little trial and error, you too can find the chair of your dreams, if you’re fortunate enough to sleep long enough to enter REM. Just remember: when in doubt, add more lumbar support. Need a chair right now? Swap yours for a fresh one right out of the board room—but not during an actual board room meeting. Kicking clients off of chairs is generally frowned upon.

The Coffee Conundrum

Caffeine: the lifeblood of nearly every designer’s being. But beware, my friends, for too much of a good thing can lead to a crash of epic proportions (in my case, a crash cart when I took a trip to the hospital for tachycardia, a really fast heartbeat). I’ve since given up coffee for tea and inherited the superpower of moderation. So sip your latte slowly, embrace the occasional nap, and remember: creativity flows best when fuelled by equal parts caffeine and cat memes.

The Support Squad

Laughter truly is the best medicine. So gather your fellow designers, share your stories of triumph and tribulation, and remember: we’re all in this together. Whether it’s swapping war stories about restless sleep or commiserating over the woes of sinus pressure, finding humour in the chaos is what keeps us sane—and slightly delirious if you react that way to allergy medication.

Conclusion: Embrace the Madness

As I sit here, staring blankly at my screen, I can’t help but wonder if this blog is truly a stroke of creative genius or just the result of sleep deprivation. Perhaps my allergy medication has bestowed upon me a newfound artistic vision, or maybe I’ve simply crossed over into the realm of the absurd. Either way, I’ll embrace it with open arms; in the world of graphic design, sometimes the best creations emerge from the most unlikely circumstances. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think it’s time for a nap… or maybe just another cup of tea.

Written by

Jessica Jagmin

Social Media Specialist

A graduate of St. Clair College, Jess has many years of experience in graphic design and copywriting. She is also a WCCA graduate with over 2 decades of experience in honing her fine art skills. In her free time, Jess enjoys watercolour painting, playing video games, spending time with her husband and daughter, and listening to strange and unusual podcasts.