Re: labelling drawings

Subject: Re: labelling drawings
From: Dick Margulis <ampersandvirgule -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 18:15:06 -0400


De gustibus non est disputandum, but I disagree with your colleague. I
always try to emulate the approach taken in Scientific American, both in
terms of the way illustrations are handled and labeled and in the
approach to figure legends (long and informative).

One caveat, though, if the callouts are going to vary in angle: Try to
arrange groups of them like a fan, rather than like pick-up stix. That
is, for any two adjacent callouts, the ends proximal to the drawing
should be closer together than the ends closer to the labels.



Damien Braniff wrote:
> Just had a discussion with a colleague who said that drawings look better
> if all the callouts are at the same angle. I'm trying to thing of drawings
> done by "professional" illustrators and can't remember if this is
> "standard". My own view is that it would look good on simple drawings but
> a bit of a nightmare to achieve on some drawings I've handled. Anybody
> got any opinions? We're about to update our guidelines and would
> appreciate any feedback.
> Damien Braniff
> Technical Author
> PAC International

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