// Frustrations

30 01 2009

I’m currently working on a page layout which can be used by everyone in the company to create uniform documents and presentations, following our brand guidelines. Unfortunately, it needs to be editable in Microsoft Word which all members of staff have access to. & so it transpires that MS Word is actually the devil. I’m confident that I am not the only person in the world to feel this way about Microsoft and their many products.

Doing this in Adobe InDesign would be no problem. InDesign is my life. I work with it constantly, five days a week for eight hours a day – excluding toilet breaks of course – and it’s fair to say my program knowledge is extensive; I can do exactly what I want in terms of layout, formatting etc.

MS Word (or, The Devil, as I’m beginning to refer to it) is a whole different ball game…I’ll check back once I have defeated it.


// Learning

28 11 2008

Today at work, I spent some time learning about functions in Adobe Illustrator that I’ve never used before; compound paths. Before you say “How on earth could you be without that tool?” thing about this; the industry standard design programs that I use on a day-to-day basis have huge capabilities and so many functions that it seems impossible to not keep learning new ways to perform a task. Everyone has a preferred practice for doing what needs to be done, but more often than not, if you compare methods with a colleague or friend, they are completely different.

I constantly use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop, and I don’t think I can ever hope to know every single thing that they can do; they are all such vast programs.

I do enjoy finding a good tutorial and going through it section by section until I’ve mastered what I need to do, and can remember it for future use. At work we have a subscription to lynda.com, but I can’t say I’ve really taken advantage of it yet. It’s nice to have access to fantastic resources though, as and when I need them!