RE: Someone to do the "donkey work"? (take II)

Subject: RE: Someone to do the "donkey work"? (take II)
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:56:43 -0400

Michael West said:
> Someone else in this thread registered what seemed to be a
> complaint around
> being asked to provide suitable graphic images, or to improve
> low-quality
> graphics, for a publication. Again, this a task I would be
> more than happy
> to take on, though my job description is about writing, not
> graphic design.
> It's a great opportunity to show your colleagues what a good technical
> communicator is capable of - not to mention a refreshing
> break from pushing
> words around.

Mike, what planet you from?

On my planet, if I have to provide graphic images, it's in addition to a
full schedule of researching stuff and pushing words around. I don't
quite get the "break" reference.
What's that again?


As it happens, my docs - including pics of the product - usually need to
be completed before the Arteestes in the house could get hold of an
actual production unit to make professional images. Doing all the
chasing and paperwork to acquire a [scarce] unit and ship it off to them
(they're in another country) for the days or weeks that they would keep
it, is somehow more trouble than just cadging a unit for an hour, taking
some photos with my own camera, spending the hours to clean up my chosen
images (with GIMP, no training), and getting it all out the door. If
there's a problem with my images, I can always replace them later on
with the professional ones that eventually get created for the use of
the Marketing department.

- Kevin
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