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March 30, 2005

diplomatic jimbo

There are only a few douche bags where I work. Otherwise it's one of the more sane and positive places I've ever worked. But this morning I was to have a meeting, most likely confrontational, with a notorious megalomaniac in the department regarding the design of their center's newsletter.

Considering I too, am a megalomaniac, the outcome of the meeting was probably not going to go well. The topic of the meeting was to discuss design standards for their newletter redesign. The former design looked like my high school yearbook team did it. There is a standard full-color design template that most labs, centers or departments are encouraged to use, that this guy's center does not adhere to. The better template is not required, but strongly encouraged. Considering marketing and image issues are at the top of the priority list for both my Chair and the Dean of the college, said douche bag better step in line. Plus my redesign simply looks better, described as "handsome" by those who have seen it. And a uniform design scheme adopted by all the various aspects of our school create a professional, uniform image. Basic Marketing 101.

Douche bag was finishing up yelling at someone else before I came in, so it wasn't looking so good from the start. He then sat down without a hello or opening discussion and directed me to adjust at least 5 elements on the cover page alone that were in direct violation of the design standards of the encouraged newsletter design template for the school. I pulled out a handful of newsletter examples from different labs, centers and departments, calmly showing the consistency in design between all of them, and how his changes were different than the standard design. But he would not hear my case at all, and clearly does not understand the word 'compromise' and dismissed me on the spot.

During this brief meeting the word prick was loaded at the tip of my toungue, and it was a miracle I was as diplomatic and tight-lipped as I was. Just saying the word would have been sooo apt and satisfying to get out on the table. He proclaimed that the design was going to be how he wanted it to be, and that was the end of it. Yah, engineers make great graphic designers, marketing specialists and event planners, as we all know. OK, can't wait until you hear from the Chair and the Dean, douche bag. Enjoy your time with them.

But I didn't say that, instead ending the meeting with a curt, "OK."

I need to go to the gym now. There is a punching bag there.

Posted by jimbo at March 30, 2005 10:20 AM


This is over a newsletter? :-O
That guy needs a puppy in his life, or maybe twenty of them.


Posted by: rob adams at March 30, 2005 11:02 AM


Posted by: jimbo at March 30, 2005 11:35 AM

Tell Mr. Prick to look at the soothing kitten pictures on my website...

Posted by: homer at March 30, 2005 12:32 PM

I worked with a German biologist who was an aspiring graphic designer. We shared an office together in Aachen, Germany for a year and almost everyday he would have some sort of subtle back-handed complaint about the templates that the evil corporate design group had come up with back in Austin. Didn't they know that the rainbow-hued logo that he and a graphic designer had come up with looked better? Weren't the screen captures we used too big? Wouldn't entire manuals look better with a sans-serif font? I feel your pain, brother.

Posted by: Rhinelander at March 30, 2005 1:06 PM

Ok promise you won't beat somebody up if they're in the stretching contraption. You were lucky to arrive when you did on Monday as at least 3 people have become very enamored with it.

I have leraned that managers are to be ignored until the are promoted, die or retire. With this in mind, stress drops precipitously.

Posted by: copperred at March 30, 2005 1:07 PM

Those people on the Stretch Center must have read my blog and are now crazy for the device as I am. Soon people will be trampling over each other to get on the Stretch Center. You'll see.

I will take your advice on dealing with managers, it sounds like good advice.

Posted by: jimbo at March 30, 2005 3:14 PM

I always thought that managers were to be ignored until it became necessary to flay them alive....

Posted by: Jeffrey at March 30, 2005 4:59 PM

1. If not punching an idiot in a meeting make syou a diplomat, I should be an ambassador.
2. Graphic design is the great leveler - everyone thinks s/he can do it.

Posted by: ZZ at March 30, 2005 5:18 PM