A happy ending

Yesterday I posted about an error message I received on a kerning site. The fact that I received the error itself didn’t bother me; the way it was communicated was the reason I took issue with it. In the interest of providing constructive criticism rather than...

Setting the tone

Yesterday one of my designers forwarded a link to a kerning exercise–you know, the kind of thing that industry insiders love but that no one else “gets.” As someone whose feet are firmly planted on either side of the right brain/left brain divider, I...

A dose of humility

Imagine the frisson of excitement that shot through me a couple of weeks ago when my daughter told me that one of her twenty-something day care counselors thought I looked like a movie star. She couldn’t remember the name he told her, but she knew he had someone...

Take responsibility

Consider this. For years, I did my job obediently. I followed instructions; I stuck to the “policy.” I completed every assignment my boss gave to me, and I did it well. And I waited. I waited to be noticed. I waited to be recognized as a significant...

Coffee woes

Some time ago, a company I know caused an uproar among its employees. The subject wasn’t insurance contributions or job changes or paychecks. It was coffee. That’s right, coffee. It seems that the pay-by-the-cup honor system used to fund the coffee pantry...