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The other day, I talked with coworker who is retiring after 50 years at my company. (Can we just take a minute to revel in the fact that anyone works at a company for 50 years? ‘Cause wow.) We talked a lot about how computers had changed the way the company operates in so many ways, from the work that we do to the ways that we interact with each other.
She’s a very nice old lady who was trying to be positive about the changes, but I could tell that, underneath it all, she blamed computers for causing change that she couldn’t keep up with. She said that over the years, she’s learned how to use a number of programs for work, but had never figured out the computer as a whole. Like the way you learn to say “Una mas cervasa por favor” or “Ou et les toilettes?” when you’re traveling – you know the meaning of the phrase, but don’t necessarily understand which word is which. For her, every new program or task was another set of memorized steps – she couldn’t get to the underlying logic of it, nothing was intuitive. Continue reading
Would you destroy your physical book to get an ebook in return?
The other day, I was going on about the triumph of the digital form and how we should all give up or paper. And then I got an e-mail about 1dollarscan. And it seemed like the universe going, “Yeah, how do you like them apples?”
1dollarscan is a tech company out of Japan that does just what its name implies – scans and digitizes text, at a rate of $1 per 100 pages. You send them your books and they scan them and turn them into ebooks, optimized for viewing on the device of your choice. Sounds pretty great, right? Continue reading
Maybe I should represent this post with a printing press.
Recently, I’ve been struggling to get my head around how we, graphically, represent our work. I work at an accounting firm, and was asked to assist with the design of our new trade show banners. There are a lot of schools of thought as to what should go into a trade show display, but they all seem to agree that, within a second of looking at your booth, someone should be able to understand what you do.
I wanted to find an image that was shorthand for accountant – the way a wrench means a mechanic and a stethoscope means a doctor. So, I thought about everything that we do and tried to match each task up with an image. Turns out, they’re all the same image: someone hunched over a computer. For anyone who works in my company, from a tax preparer to someone in HR, a pictographic representation of their work would be the same – for me, in the marketing department, too. I didn’t want to put a picture of someone staring at a computer screen on our banners (didn’t seem too inviting), so I copped out and put “CPAs and business consultants” in big letters with pictures of our shiniest, happiest team members. Continue reading