Subject: Re: Tricks From HOW TO KEEP YOUR VW ALIVE
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 1996 22:18:47 PDT

Muir's HOW TO KEEP YOUR VW ALIVE was supremely clever in a number of ways.
John Muir recognized that the sterile precision of traditional technical
illustration was intimidating to non-technical people. One technique
he used to overcome this was to use great precision with his penciled
illustration, but the final inked version (which is traced over the
pencils) was done freehand, to introduce a tiny amount of wobble into
the lines and make them seem more "human."

The people in the illustrations were always cartoony, but the actual
parts you were working on were drawn with great precision. Most people
who try for "friendly" illustrations throw precision out the window.

-- Robert
Robert Plamondon, President/Managing Editor, High-Tech Technical Writing, Inc.
36475 Norton Creek Road * Blodgett * Oregon * 97326
robert -at- plamondon -dot- com * (541) 453-5841 * Fax: (541) 453-4139

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