ask a silly questionHow many times have you preceded a statement with the words…”this may be a silly question but …..” ?

Are we all afraid of looking so stupid and being laughed at that it stops us finding out relevant information that we either don’t know or are unsure of, but want clarity?

Are we often too scared of looking stupid in front of our peers?

What has this got to do with design you may ask?

Well, recently a situation occurred in a Linkedin Group, when ‘Jack’ posted a question concerning information about a technical design term, The first comment was then made by ‘Jill’ who proceeded to demean Jack and called him, in not so many words, stupid!

“Bill’ then commented and pointed out that Jill was wrong in the information she supplied and had no call to insult poor Jack. Other people continued to post advice and comments and Jill looked rather obnoxious and stupid!

I learn’t something that day and I’ve been in this design business for over 20 years!

Sometimes we know the answer to the questions but need clarification and confidence in our knowledge and sometimes just need to check we are heading in the right direction.

We all make mistakes and can always learn something from each other.

How many times have I forgotten the right shortcut to do an action in one of my software programmes and had to Google it?

Recently while working in Illustrator the ‘Alt’ and ‘Shift’ keys did not duplicate the image as it should – I had to stop and think which programme I was working in and double check I had the right shortcut. I did, restarted Illustrator and it worked! Software is unpredictable and its always well worth running your ‘stupid’ question passed a colleague rather than spending hours trying to solve it!silly questions

Why risk making a mistake when all you need to do is verbalise  your query?

Why not ask your Printer the ‘silly’ question about colour or resolution or which format he wants your files in, rather than both of you wasting time discovering a mistake when its too late and reprinting or amending the error?

looking stupidA few of the best silly questions in design…

Is this good enough?

Is it accurate enough?

Does it need to line up?

Will they notice it?

If you are asking the question its worth correcting before presenting to your client!

Spelling, accuracy, colour matching, typeface matching, spacing and alignment are a few of the elements that can show you up as a lazy designer or a perfectionist.

So with a little time, google at you fingertips, check your information, consult someone who may be able to help you – if they dont know the answer it proves it may not have been as silly as you thought it was!

lots of silly questions

Just remember when you have the courage to ask the silly question, there are probably others in the room/office who also dont know the answer but are too scared to venture the query and would have gone away never knowing something that may have changed their lives!

By the way – the ‘silly’ question on the Linkedin Group was …

What is the difference between RGB and sRGB?

Do you know?

Definition from Wikipedia…

sRGB is a standard RGB color space created cooperatively by HP and Microsoft in 1996 for use on monitors, printers, and the Internet.

sRGB uses the ITU-R BT.709 primaries, the same as are used in studio monitors and HDTV,[1] and a transfer function (gamma curve) typical ofCRTs. This specification allowed sRGB to be directly displayed on typical CRT monitors of the time, a factor which greatly aided its acceptance.

Unlike most other RGB color spaces, the sRGB gamma cannot be expressed as a single numerical value. The overall gamma is approximately 2.2, consisting of a linear (gamma 1.0) section near black, and a non-linear section elsewhere involving a 2.4 exponent and a gamma (slope of log output versus log input) changing from 1.0 through about 2.3.

The sRGB color space is well specified and is designed to match typical home and office viewing conditions, rather than the darker environment typically used for commercial color matching. However, sRGB’s limited gamut leaves out many highly saturated colors that can be produced by printers or in film, and thus is not ideal for some high quality applications.

Did you get that?

sRGB is sometimes avoided by high-end print publishing professionals because its color gamut is not big enough, especially in the blue-green colors, to include all the colors that can be reproduced in CMYK printing.


Basically sRGB colour model is more restrictive (contains less colour variations) than RGB and therefore it is more difficult to match colours produced by CMYK printing. When converting files from sRGB to CMYK colours will vary more than when using RGB.

If you would like to know more about the differences between RGB and CMYK click here


Angie Phillips of A.N.G Creative Design, based in Essex, UK, helping you communicate your message to your clients and generating more leads and sales.


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