Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Pink is annoying

At least, when you're dealing with children it is.

Poundland has nice fluorescent folders which I have bought for my Sunday School class (P1&2 - aged 4 1/2 to 6 1/2). I'm hoping this will mean they won't lose them...

It is very likely that all the girls will want pink - so I have bought enough pink ones for every single girl to have one if she wants.

Of course, some of the girls may not want pink. That's fine - they can choose from the other colours.

But if some of the girls choose colours other than pink, some boys may end up with pink - unthinkable! Pink is anathema to most boys: it's a 'girl's colour'.

So I have also had to make sure that there are enough folders for every single child - both boys and girls - to have a non-pink one.

My usual way to avoid all this drama - e.g. when providing card for crafts - is to not provide pink (and sometimes purple) at all. If there is no pink the girls will happily chose all kinds of colours - it's only when pink is available that their 'you-are-a-girl-therefore-you-must-have-pink' indoctrination kicks in.

Once you know the kids well, of course, you will know if there are girls who prefer other colours. And one boy I had would choose pink if there was no red, as it was the closest colour to red (he's grown out of such heretical thoughts now of course).

But before you know the children, it's as well to be aware that offering pink may cause a problem. Pink is annoying.

Update: All the girls chose pink.  And one of the boys asked, "Why do girls like pink so much?"

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

£ € $

I don't want to belong to the Euro.

BUT, in the interests of making my accounting considerably easier, I wouldn't mind belonging to a single world currency :-)

Monday, 1 June 2015

Overheard on the train

Found these conversations in the back of a notebook. As verbatim as they could be without me whipping out a tape recorder.

A mum and two wee girls. The mum is putting on her makeup.
Daughter: Why doesn't it show up much?
Mum: Because I don't want to look like a clown. It just wants to be subtle-
Daughter: Your nose is red.
Mum: That's because I've been sneezing so much.
Daughter: Well stop sneezing, then.

Grandpa & grandchildren getting on the train.
Grandpa: You need to learn to be careful on the trains.
Child 1: And on the buses. And in cars.
Child 2: And in flying saucers?

Teenager and two younger cousins discussing their uncle's girlfriend.
Child: Maybe they'll get married and have a baby. Then it would be our cousin.
Teenager: I think they're a bit old for that - they're in their 50s.
Child: Can't you get married at that age?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Professional or amateur?

Are there any errors that would give someone away as not being a professional layout artist?
An amateur is likely to use more fonts or more decorative fonts or apply embellishments like shadows and outlines. An amateur is likelier to put borders around things. An amateur is likelier to even out the “gray,” making the page elements similar in size and spacing. From a pro you’re likelier to see very bold moves and high contrasts of color, size and position.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Being useful v making money

Actually, I think I would tell an abstract artist that she doesn't need a logo.
If she wants something visual to put on business cards, put one of her images on one side (full size), and perhaps use her signature that she signs paintings with as a wordmark.
And someone replied:
If the customer wants a logo, I'm not going to suddenly diminish the job's potential profitability by saying something this stupid. I can't charge the same amount for using her image/signature as I can for a logo (which is the core of my business).
And freelancers like you probably wonder why they can't make a living at design... LOL
Unfortunately comments are now closed, which is so frustrating when you want to reply. But here's my thoughts:

Of course, to a certain extent you give a client what they want. And of course you want to make money. But to the extent of taking large amounts of their hard-earned cash for something they don't need at all, that will do them no good - perhaps even harm? Sure, people want snake oil. Should we view this as a great business opportunity?

Call me an idealist. But if the only way you can make a living from design is to throw integrity out the window, chuck it (design, not integrity) and go and do something useful.

Note: If she really insisted she wanted a logo I might do my best for her - knowing she'd go elsewhere anyway if I didn't. But my first job would be to try to convince her she didn't.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


I couldn't find the original files for the illustrations for one of my PowerPoints.
The PowerPoint? The Lost Sheep :-)

Thanks to Microsoft's search dog*, I have now found it. Good dog.

*Yes, I am still using XP, and the dog is one of the many reasons I will be using it as long as I possibly can.