RE: graphics/illustration tips and techniques

Subject: RE: graphics/illustration tips and techniques
From: Jason Willebeek-LeMair <jlemair -at- cisco -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2000 10:06:12 -0600

The reality is that just getting a Technical Writer is a challenge in
most companies.

Here are some useful tips for getting a graphic artist (or the use of
one):

*If your company has a marketing department, they probably have a
graphic artist/layout person, or at least a preferred vendor, to design
their marketing collateral (unless, of course, you are also the
marketing department). You may be able to leverage their person/vendor.

*If not, contract someone willing to do piecework--like Jacque
below--for the really complex graphics. You may be able to find some
miscellaneous budget money for occasional contractors. If your
illustration skills are truly horrible (don't be ashamed, mine are--I
cannot even create a believable stick figure), you will be able to
justify the expense (not just in the professional look of the graphic,
but the actual cost considering that the GA may be able to do in an hour
what takes you several days).

*Offer to share. Your illustrations may be of use to other departments,
such as marketing and engineering. It will make people feel better to
spend the money on something that will be reused rather than a used just
once. Ask around and see if anyone else will have use for the graphic.

That is it for now. Gotta go suck some coffee beans.

Jason

-----Original Message-----
From: Jacque Foreman [mailto:foremangraphics -at- juno -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2000 9:38 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: graphics/illustration tips and techniques

Next time you need an illustration, contact me or someone else, you may
find a win, win situation. I might also be able to give you tips that
would allow you to do the easier illustrations yourself. You probably
want to contact me offlist since advertising is frowned on. Just
couldn't
stay out of this one.

Just a thought.

Happiness, joy & laughter

Jacque - Graphic Designer / Typesetter - Excellence by Design
since 1972 - Pen & Ink Renderings of homes & Bldgs. & portraits from
photos, Brochures, Ads, Flyers, Packaging, Business Forms, Manuscripts,
etc. - Amway Dealer - email: foremangraphics -at- juno -dot- com
Rendering Samples: http://www.abacus-es.com/foreman


On Mon, 3 Jan 2000 06:34:42 -0500 "Dan Roberts"
<droberts63 -at- earthlink -dot- net> writes:
<snip>
A graphic designer is out of the question -
> and
> foisting the illustration work to another TW with a better eye for
> design is
> not always an option, either.
>




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