// The Rejection of PDF’s

2 07 2009

As you know by now, I am currently seeking employment, having been made redundant from my last Graphic Design position. My current frustration is dedicated job sites who refuse to accept a PDF file for a CV. And I quote, Unfortunately we are unable to accept the file format you have just tried to upload. Please save your CV as either a Word Document (.doc or .docx), a Text file (.txt) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf) and try again.

A text file? Why would anybody produce a CV as a text file? This is not a personal attack on anyone producing their CV in Microsoft Word, quite the opposite in fact – if you want to produce a simple CV, then go for it! MS Word is fine as a Word Processor, in fact I’d go so far as to say it’s great as a Word Processor, but I’m a Graphic Designer, my CV has been designed. Am I really going to have a shoddy CV produced using a generic MS Word “résumé” template? No. I don’t think I am. My CV has been created using Adobe InDesign. It’s personal to me. It isn’t a template. It looks good. Need I go on?

Enough complaining for now, I need to hunt down this job vacancy on an alternate website. One that accepts PDF documents.


// Enough copy to publish a novel

19 01 2009

Over recent weeks, myself and my colleagues have been bombarded with copy. Lorem ipsum is there for a reason; it allows you to see how much space is realistically available. I work predominantly on print design, the little work I do related to web is normally image related to assist others, but I’ve seen pages and pages of text which have been sent over for us to insert onto a website. Why don’t people realise that nobody is going to sit there reading all those words. That’s all it amounts to; words. There are too many of them for people to want to read and digest, and so your message is lost.

At least with a website, you can scroll – with print design you cannot. The space you see is the space you have available. I cannot emphasise just how frustrating it is to receive enough copy to fill four times the available space. On Friday I condensed an article to about half its original size; cutting out surplus information, facts that were repeated throughout and paragraphs which held no real value in relation to the topic. And the result? The client is more than happy with my amended version. Now we just need to get it all finalised and approved and we can get it printed!