Posted by on Sep 15, 2006 in Uzbekistan | 6 Comments

I really have to remember in the future not to tell hotel owners I’m a graphic designer. Sometimes they actually know what it means and then they always ask to make then a logo/brochure/web page. Today when I got back from drawing at the mosque the owner of my hotel asked to see the drawing. She put two and two together and quickly rummaged through her desk to pull out her current marketing materials for me to review. She really wants a new identity system. Don’t we all!

The problem with not saying I’m a graphic designer is that I hate to lie. Partly I hate to lie because I think it’s stupid and people should know the truth. But really I just have a terrible short term memory and forget who I lied to, who I told I was Chinese when they asked me where I was from and how I’m going to keep it up.

Even though I may only stay in a town for a day or two people remember things you say. Every time I walk by the man I bought postcards from in Bukhara he yells out “hey, Chicago!” Peole in Uzbekistan also talk. In Nukus I was “talking” to some women selling dried fish and they seemed nice so when they asked where I was from I was honest. Five minutes later, when I was walking through the covered baazar, a woman comes running by yelling “Americanski, Americanski” at the top of her lungs. I hadn’t talked to this women but word had already trickled down.


  1. chup
    September 15, 2006

    hey won’t it be a good idea to design stuff on the way to earn some extra cash?

    that what i’m intending to do..

  2. Megan
    September 15, 2006

    Extra cash? It’s not like I will get anything like my normal rate from someone in Uzbekistan and in my experience people think that a free cup of tea is a worthy exchange for a logo.

  3. Nina
    September 15, 2006

    It’s awesome that people love the work you do around the world, even if they do expect you to do it for free.

  4. Stoo
    September 18, 2006

    Hehe?had that happen to me once?and I am not even a designer. 😛

    Maybe call yourself a ?Pictorial Systems Conceptionist?? A ?Descriptive Agent Planner

  5. ali
    September 19, 2006

    Too bizarre! From now on say you are a 2-d image coordinator. It’s not *lying*. 😉

  6. Megan
    September 22, 2006

    But Stu, you are a prgorammer, and thus, you can make “web stuff” “happen”. It’s like we’re magicians or something.