Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Walk Two Hundred and Twenty-Five – And again

So much to do and not enough time.

You wouldn’t believe the ridiculous ways that a designer can earn their living these days. Quite often you will be given text including a huge number of graphs that the originator has slaved over for hours and hours. Then despite saying that the graphs have not been supplied in usable format (which it is very easy to do) the designer has to spend hours and hours recreating the graphs, copy-typing the text, guessing the percentages on pie charts and the figures on bar charts and all the while (unless they’re as meticulous as this designer) introducing new errors and typos. And then there are all those companies who’ve spent a fortune on a really good corporate identity, but supply their printers and designers with some rough version of their logo that they’ve copied off the web, so that they pay over and over again for their logo to be re-drawn properly, even though somewhere they have a decent version of their logo. All that wasted energy. I don’t know – when you see that some people earn their living by growing food or saving lives or cleaning the streets or making sure the electricity works, it kind of puts the pointlessness and futility of what one does for a living into perspective.

230mm x 180mm ink and watercolour on Hahnemuhle rough watercolour paper


Anonymous rachel said...

I too am being frustrated by people I am working with - I am fed up with having my time being wasted.

Why don't people return their calls when they say they will?

10:52 am  
Blogger littlemithi said...

What a gorgeous painting Julie. Don't let those big corporations get you down - your art work is bringing happiness to people and you need to think that the corporations are (indirectly) paying for it!

11:11 am  
Blogger Alison said...

Great silhouetttes and shadows. With the drought, we now have trees that look like this - so sad. Yes, sometimes I wonder if computers have saved any work at all -they just make a whole lot more expected because it's possible.

11:27 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who brings more beauty to this world is doing something worthwhile.

6:01 pm  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Well, Julie, you did get that off your chest. Haha. How about taking off for the sunny South Pacific for some rest and recreation? Not bloomin' likely.
It's so sad about Fiji - people will just cave in and try to keep their jobs to put food on the table. Criticism of the coup has already led to lots of dismissals - some of our good friends in the police force got sacked already.
PS I always love your pics but I do get off the track sometimes!

6:36 pm  
Blogger Penny said...

Having struggled with this new computer I sometimes wonder why we use them at all, but then i would nmiss you my good friendsThey are all a bit different and lovley..

9:46 am  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

What a beautiful painting. I love the colors and the silohuetted (sp?) trees. I know what you mean about the idiotic wastes of time people create when they give you stuff you have to rekey. It's scary too when you can't be sure you're properly reflecting the data even if you don't add typos. I've dealt with a lot of what you describe (I do a lot of page layout in my day job and so much of what I'm given to work with is a mess). I agree with Mithi--even if it's annoying, at least it's supporting your art!

6:09 am  
Blogger Glyn Watkins said...

I always recommend a dose of Dilbert at times like these. Today he discovered that squirrels had been living in the legacy computer hardware, and were responsible for making payroll decisions.

I doubt the below will make a hotlink link,but cut and paste if you like.

10:35 am  
Anonymous petescully said...

utterly gorgeous.

6:45 pm  

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