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I missed meeting for local arts council last week, which I told them up front I had prior committment.

Get up early, on my day off, to go to meeting. NOBODY THERE.

You’ve been sending me e-mail about stuff all week, no mention this week’s meeting was cancelled. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN RELEVANT INFO.

The majority of messagea have been about picking a logo. Let’s just go with it was designed by someone that understands neither graphic design nor typography. It’s not awful, but it wasn’t good either. It wasn;’t eyerending, but it was extremely bland. It looked more like the sketch you’d give a professional graphic designer to work from. But then were talking about getting it printed.

no. just no.

we’ll see if they can get their shit together.


In other small town news, the local news site is overrun with comments about how someone, and it MUST be a candidate!, is stealing campaign signs. (its more likely that many were placed somewhere they came loose and blew into road.)

Someone wrote a song about how stealing campaign signs is WRONG. and candidate is EVIL for going out at night and stealing campaign signs in the dead of night!


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Nov. 4th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
I hesitate to even mention this, because you are usually so on top of things-- but DST didn't have anything to do with no one being there? The meeting was actually cancelled?

Arts Logo: You should speak up. Forget politeness: just say, "This logo design looks amateurish. If we want to be taken seriously, it should be sent to a professional graphic designer to finish." Groups like this don't usually "get" or pick up on subtlety.

Signs: or they were put up without permission. Corner lots get this a lot: the see signs for one candidate, and assume that they have the right to put their own signs up, just because (when in fact, the property owner my only support the signs he allows up).
Nov. 4th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
after digging around, they had sent a last minute venue change to my work e-mail late last night. apparently assuming that everyone checks their business e-mail outside of work hours.

of course, last meeting I was at, only myself and one other person managed to get through a meeting without having to check a smart phone DURING the meeting. Irony: the two youngest people there were the ones not constantly plugged in to being constantly texted or poked. so I guess they assumed I'd get an alert on my phone.

NOPE. I got shit to do in real life.

I am attempting to figure out constructive way of saying "this is a hot mess". Graphic design is not my background, but two different fonts in same logo and a QR code... euh.

and we're back at "everyone has a smart phone".

Comments at previous meeting about arts council allegedly trying to makes arts "accessible" to people and a QR code as primary mode of communicating website information to people cuts out big chunk of people got back a comment about "the right sort of people" could see it.


I did not have a good experience with them thusfar, and am getting more and more skeptical.
Nov. 5th, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
See, I think you're going about this entirely the wrong way. Instead of hoping they will improve, you should be encouraging them to double down on failure and plunge whole-hog into flaming mediocrity!

First, the QR code should be the MOST PROMINENT feature of the image. Dead center, at least as large as any other element (which should all be at least as large as each other). More QR code = more right people. In fact, the code should link solely to a list of other people who have also followed said code, because social media. Second, your logo needs to POP and a SEIZE the viewer's attention: every word in neon colors on a bright yellow background. AlTeRnAtE punctuation, 6 different fonts in 6 different sizes! NOW you've got their attention, but you have to KEEP it! Keep those eyes busy! Insert slogans that begin on one side of the image, are interrupted by slogans running in another direction, and finish on the opposite side like you're composing a conservative protest sign. Next, you need to communicate that this is a bleeding-edge, hip, tech-savvy group, while still keeping it on a small-town budget. The solution? Clip art, clip art, clip art. Lazy cartoons, bedazzled gifs of American flags, and images of "funny" babies only someone over the age of 70 would use as their signature on a forum for fly fishing and/or government conspiracies - steal them. Steal ALL of them. It's ironic, and more ironic = more art. Blow them up to three times their original size. Are they all blocky and artifacted? Good. That's what technology looks like. Leave the watermarks in, too. Finish it all off with a stock photograph of a racially undefined woman in casual business attire smiling faintly towards an electronic device who in no way represents any people in your organization - then throw some sparkly glitter on it. BOOM. Now you're trending the digital i-scape of tomorrow. Speaking of sparkles, can you also make her a vampire? Fuck yes you can.

In response the arts council should either:
-Break down and hire a professional. VICTORY!!
-Disband in shame, leaving a power vacuum for superior people to build on top of the ashes. VICTORY!!
-Strike your memory from all records and never involve you in this nonsense again. VICTORY!!
-Proclaim you a genius and run with this forever. (Technical) VICTORY!!
Nov. 5th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Nov. 6th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
Just because people have a smartphone does not mean they are smart enough to use the features on it. I'm not sure how many would recognize a QR code, let alone known how to scan it.
Nov. 6th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm really baffled by this choice. If its really clearly labeled "SCAN THIS WITH YOUR SMART PHONE!" maybe it will work. but otherwise I think it would mostly just confuse people if its not clearly labeled.

I feel kind of like QR codes are aimed at people that thought the CueCat was an AWESOME idea.

GET OFF MY LAWN! *shakes cane at people*
Nov. 6th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
I still use a Tracfone. It's hard to beat $70/year for phone service! If I want a computer, I'll bring my laptop.
Nov. 4th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
Completely your fault. You jinxed yourself. You named them the Illuminati, and forgot that you, yourself, was not illuminated. :D
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