Re: Someone to do the "donkey work"?

Subject: Re: Someone to do the "donkey work"?
From: "Downing, David" <david -dot- downing -at- fiserv -dot- com>
To: "Technical Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 12:25:39 -0600

From: Evelyn Lee Barney <evbarney -at- comcast -dot- net>
Subject: Re: Someone to do the "donkey work"?

This hit home since I've spent (in my worst moods it feels like WASTED)
a lot of time lately havening to search for appropriate images for some
promotional material. The boss sent me some - but said she trusted my
choices and I didn't' have to use them. Sine the resolution on her
choices were really low, and there was too much detail for the size they
would be in print - I went looking for alternatives. When I submitted
the proofs - she said she was disappointed I hadn't used her images. So
- once again - I had to explain why a 72 dpi image taken from our web
publications (I use 96 - 100, but these were created before my time)
are a bad choice for print. More - even an image with good resolution
will look like crap if it has text details (some of these were
explanations of geometry problems, lots of text: letters and numbers
with graphics) that were created in a 5 x 5 inch format and you want
them reduced to an inch by an inch. FYI none of these were vector images.

As others here have said, "no job is too big or too small" -- but it's
still frustrating when I feel like it's repetitive and a waste of time.




Here, it sounds like there was another issue involved -- being told to do something and then being told to do it over because it wasn't exactly what the boss wanted, even though the boss didn't make it clear what she wanted, and maybe didn't know what she wanted.

David Downing
Senior Technical Writer
Credit Union Solutions


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