Sawedoff Scattergun

I think the Dave’s in Ohio City must’ve had its High Life li­cense re­voked be­cause the cool­er was scoured bare of that shit.

I al­most nev­er vis­it BFD any­more be­cause the con­ver­sa­tion re­minds me of Feagler and Friends. It has been that way for months now.

The most dif­fi­cult part of work­ing in web and graph­ic de­sign so far seems to be a com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lem that cre­ates a ten­sion be­tween de­sign and us­abil­i­ty. The dif­fi­cul­ty seems to lie in the fact that most clients have a very gen­er­al­ized idea of what they want in a site and this is al­most al­ways a de­sign-ori­ent­ed idea. Yet they usu­al­ly lack the vo­cab­u­lary to ex­press their idea in a way that a de­sign team can un­der­stand. From my end it some­times feels like a client thinks they are the de­sign­er and we just do the work, es­pe­cial­ly when we keep get­ting sent back to the draw­ing board due to in­ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the ul­ti­mate de­sign is both poor and un­us­able. In the end this doesn’t just hurt the client-cre­ative re­la­tion­ship, but al­so af­fects those the client wish­es to com­mu­ni­cate to. I’m sure this is a com­mon oc­cur­rence in many pro­fes­sions, when a layper­son calls shots that make no sense to the tech­ni­cal im­ple­menter. Drives me bonkers when it re­sults in a com­plete­ly un­us­able web­site though. Actually, I’ve no prob­lem mak­ing a crap­tac­u­lar piece of work if I’m sure that the client ac­tu­al­ly un­der­stands that there are oth­er ways of do­ing it that would be bet­ter in both de­sign and us­abil­i­ty. After all, they’re the one pay­ing for it.

My Paste mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tion is whacked out. I got March’s is­sue be­fore February’s and af­ter I con­tact­ed them [a great cus­tomer ser­vice re­sponse by the way] I’ve re­ceived two February is­sues. They just switched from bi­month­ly to month­ly so I bet that is what hap­pened.

Now that the Academy Awards are over AMC is go­ing to go back to show­ing High Plains Drifter 247 again. I wish I had TCM or IFC in­stead. UPDATE: HOLY SHIT HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER IS ON AMC RIGHT NOW.

My freez­er is full of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and pork shoul­ders.

I’ve put on 5 pounds in the last 2 days. Water weight I’m sure.

I’m go­ing to go to the VTR to­mor­row for a cou­ple of Bourbon Daisies and some sushi. I’ll be there around 5pm.

3 thoughts on “Sawedoff Scattergun

  1. I’m sure this is a com­mon oc­cur­rence in many pro­fes­sions, when a layper­son calls shots that make no sense to the tech­ni­cal im­ple­menter.

    DING DING DING DING wel­come to my world. Although it could be more gen­er­al­ly writ­ten as, the layper­son has no idea what it takes to ac­tu­al­ly DO the work, and there­fore has un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions.

  2. Hey I like High Plains Drifter, but enough is enough. Toss in some The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly or Hang ‘em High or some­thing. It gets a lit­tle old af­ter awhile. 

    Have you been fol­low­ing ND Hockey Adam? Ranked #1 right now and just fin­ished as reg­u­lar sea­son CCHA champs. Their first play­off game is on my Birthday and I think I’ll be go­ing. It’ll be my first game and I hope to not jinx them.

  3. With ya on the BFD. People re­al­ly need to get over them­selves and re­al­ize that just be­cause you dis­agree, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly make you an ass­hat. Or what­ev­er. 🙂

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