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That's Not Graphic Designing?!
So I got the heads up that the kid management hired nearly three years ago has turned in his resignation. No surprise since he has been banging heads with boss.

So it's that time to find some dumb college kid who is or just graduated from college in graphic design. Like before, management is going to advertise for a "prepress person" in which then people show up asking for more $$$ than what they want to pay. So then they change the ad to hire a "graphic designer" knowing that so local college kid will take the bait, once in the door, they throw them in front of the digital press. When the college kid says "Hey, this isn't graphic designing?!" Management replies, "Yes it is! And don't question us because we're professionals and we know this is graphic designing."

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So the new kid either sinks or swims and during his/her learning curve everything goes to shit or at best takes a lot longer.  If they survive they are doing a prepress job for very little money which is how the boss wants it to turn out, and BTW if they can do the same job you are doing why am I paying you so much ?
If they don't survive the boss will try the same dodge again rinse / repeat.
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Also, the college kids think graphic design is creating great masterpieces of their own choosing. They don't realize much of real world jobs entail grunt work and designing things that satisfy the customer's questionable taste.
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make my logo bigger...  that's what they need to teach in Design Skool

 :hangme:
Prepress guy - doin' jobs one at a time

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make my logo bigger...  that's what they need to teach in Design Skool

 :hangme:

And bump it two clicks to the right...  :banghead:

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I don't know about you but my customers designs are amazing. They're even won awards. Like the Ray Charles Foundation best design by a blind person. The Font Conservatory's use every font in your entire library award and Pantone's design a piece with 200+ spot colors but don't inform the salesman what one they want in a 5c job award.
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I'd rather have stories told than be telling stories of what I could have done.

It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
I once knew a plus-sized girl and this pretty much describes teh secks. :rotf:
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 8) Ray Charles Foundation :laugh:

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Well the new kid could make the brochure "more branded":
http://www.27bslash6.com/brochure.html

Or perhaps they could knock up a missing cat poster:
http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html

Maybe some business cards?
http://www.27bslash6.com/bob.html

How about some logo design and or charts:
http://www.27bslash6.com/p2p2.html


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That guy is pretty funny while still having the dickhead designer vibe.
Speed doesn't kill, rapidly becoming stationary is the problem

I'd rather have stories told than be telling stories of what I could have done.

It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
I once knew a plus-sized girl and this pretty much describes teh secks. :rotf:
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Syphon, that is a profound post. It's a tragic sign of the times. 

The owner of my company doesn't know the difference between graphic design and prepress. 

Big fat fucking NO! Prepress is NOT graphic design. I'm a half-ass designer but I pwn prepress. I know exactly ZERO designers who can get a PDF to a platesetter and to an offset press. Prepress is more IT and practical engineering than creative/artistic. It is taking the art and engineering it to reproduce properly on the big fast rubber stamp. I have had better luck teaching IT and design to machine operators, because without understanding of the machines, you will have a shitty time of prepress.

Inexpensive, cloud-based design software will be the death of printing, not the intertubez. Because now, everyone with $30 a month for a Photoshop subscription is an expert/professional. And management believes them. Stick a "designer" in prepress and it will be the death of your printshop.
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Stick a "designer" in prepress and it will be the death of your printshop.

you won't get too much "prepress" out of them that's for sure. They spend their time surfing the net looking for the next hot trend in "social" networking to work into their next masterpiece.


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Syphon, that is a profound post. It's a tragic sign of the times.

The owner of my company doesn't know the difference between graphic design and prepress.

Big fat fucking NO! Prepress is NOT graphic design. I'm a half-ass designer but I pwn prepress. I know exactly ZERO designers who can get a PDF to a platesetter and to an offset press. Prepress is more IT and practical engineering than creative/artistic. It is taking the art and engineering it to reproduce properly on the big fast rubber stamp. I have had better luck teaching IT and design to machine operators, because without understanding of the machines, you will have a shitty time of prepress.

Inexpensive, cloud-based design software will be the death of printing, not the intertubez. Because now, everyone with $30 a month for a Photoshop subscription is an expert/professional. And management believes them. Stick a "designer" in prepress and it will be the death of your printshop.
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Re: That's Not Graphic Designing?!
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Syphon, that is a profound post. It's a tragic sign of the times.

The owner of my company doesn't know the difference between graphic design and prepress.

Big fat fucking NO! Prepress is NOT graphic design. I'm a half-ass designer but I pwn prepress. I know exactly ZERO designers who can get a PDF to a platesetter and to an offset press. Prepress is more IT and practical engineering than creative/artistic. It is taking the art and engineering it to reproduce properly on the big fast rubber stamp. I have had better luck teaching IT and design to machine operators, because without understanding of the machines, you will have a shitty time of prepress.

Inexpensive, cloud-based design software will be the death of printing, not the intertubez. Because now, everyone with $30 a month for a Photoshop subscription is an expert/professional. And management believes them. Stick a "designer" in prepress and it will be the death of your printshop.
Absolutely right. I am a designer as well as PrePress but I started out as a printer - hot metal then litho.  I know what leading means because I used actual pieces of lead to space out lines of text.  When I had trouble with impositions for 16 up folding I asked the boss to put me on the folding machine for a month.  I've done a bit of everything which is why I'm good at my job.  There is no better way to learn.
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Having an understanding of all the processes is invaluable. It helps you catch issues upstream before they become actual production issues after it's printed.

Just don't think that because you helped run something for a bit makes you a master. Our bindery guy may be dumb as hell about a whole bunch of things but he can run those machines better than anybody here.
Speed doesn't kill, rapidly becoming stationary is the problem

I'd rather have stories told than be telling stories of what I could have done.

It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
I once knew a plus-sized girl and this pretty much describes teh secks. :rotf:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
         --Benjamin Franklin

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We've always said, make all the PrePress do bindery for a bit. Then they'll know how to strip (impose).
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