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I don't usually discuss much about my personal/business life in unlocked entries, but I think this incident is worth mentioning.

For those of you who don't know, I'm the co-owner of a small design firm. I am also female, which is not unusual for people in my industry. Today I received the following call from a (male) tech recruiter.

Me (answering the phone): Hello, this is [my name].

Recruiter: Hello, I'd like to speak to the head of your software development team.

Me (pausing, noting that the man on the other end of the phone hasn't even bothered to give me his name, but willing to give him one chance before I write him off as "he thinks I'm the receptionist"): We don't have a software development team.

Recruiter: Okay, then I'd like to speak to whoever's in charge of your technical hiring.

Me (frostily): You are speaking to the principal of the firm.


Recruiter (obviously surprised and a bit deflated): Oh.

That was a very satisfying little "oh," let me tell you.

He then gave me an endless spiel about his .NET rockstar I was never going to hire, which he'd have known if he'd made even the slightest effort to read up on my company, because we are a tiny firm that doesn't offer in-house development. And then I got off the phone and fumed for a little while.

The morals of the story:



That is all.

ETA: No, wait, that's not all -- because I just got off the phone with an entirely different recruiter. This one was female and confirmed I was the co-founder of the company before saying a damned word about another developer I'm not going to hire. At the end of her spiel, after I told her we're not hiring, I told her I appreciated that she'd taken the time to learn who I was and not assume I was the receptionist, like the last guy. You see, recruiters? Take even half a second to learn something and you won't insult the person on the other end of the phone! You might even get a compliment!
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If you run a services business, are thinking of running a services business, or freelance, you should watch this. My business has been fortunate enough that we've never had to sue anyone for payment, but have we had problems getting paid? Oh yes, and any small business owner will tell you the same thing. What saves our asses? The contracts we have people sign. It's not about screwing anyone; it's about setting the terms under which we deliver services and get paid, and making sure our interests, as well as the client's, are protected.

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Getting a little desperate for photography subjects at home, but this one's got some interesting color, and has a surprising amount to say about me. There's the pink gel pen I like to use for proofreading. The shiny silver and orange ballpoints from two different tech firms I've worked with. The children's pencils with Sanrio and other Japanese cartoon characters, because I love their cheerfulness, and the similarly amusing Peeps pencil with matching eraser. An X-acto knife I used to use to cut line tape and waxed stories on resin-coated paper for the college newspaper.

And of course, the talking Dalek pen and a sonic screwdriver.

The pen and pencil jar
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Designers visualize how various time travel plots in movies and TV shows overlap. Absolutely gorgeous, and identifies some amusing intersection points, such as where Sam Tyler could arrest Miles Monroe from Sleeper. (Though the pedant in me feels the need to edit out the "and beats" from that callout, since the Guv would be the one administering any beatdown.)

Doctor Who is conspicuously absent from the graphic, but as the designers point out, DW will be handled by entirely separate chart to preserve their sanity.

Complete thread, along with early sketch attempts, here.
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"No. Stop. Their logo is Copperplate. We can't shop here."

(Actually, I think Copperplate has its place, but the rest of the material in this strip is dead-on.)
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A beautifully anal-retentive look at use of typography in Mad Men. I love this show, and I also love that it inspires so much loyalty among its fans that they take the time to look for these little anachronisms. (Via Daring Fireball.)
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Via my friend [ profile] lullabypit at Scholars & Rogues, a short video about making a stop sign that should be painfully familiar to those of you who have to work with marketers on a regular basis. Personally, I started to lose it at the bit about the partner logos, because I've had that conversation. Oh, yes, I have.

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Posted mostly for [ profile] toonhead_npl, but other font/design geeks should find this as fascinating as I did: Why the poster for Barack Obama's Berlin speech might have been banned by the Nazis. Not because of its content, but because of its typography.
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Please go admire [ profile] iainpj's outstanding work here and here, inspired by something I wrote in a f'locked entry about needing to be well enough to write more porn.

Samples below:

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The Rather Difficult Font Game.

I got 31 out of 34. The game is randomized, so you may get easier choices than I did ... or you may not.
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Because I know there are at least a couple of you reading this LJ. This made me laugh really hard, and not just because my brain consists entirely of flu germs at this time.

"Yes, I wanted to do this as a kid. No, there were no printing colleges for me to study at. And no, Steve Guttenberg did not invent the printing press!"
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Visual design, and the current state/future status of newspapers.

The Society for News Design has announced the winners of its 28th annual competition for the best-designed newspaper, and not one of the finalists is American. The winning papers are outstanding: crisp typography, interesting layouts, and gorgeous illustrations and infographics. The financial tables in the Estonian paper, Äripäev, make me want to weep with joy.

Meanwhile, the Columbia Journalism Review interviews the president of SDN, who had this to say about why no American papers won this year:
"You see a different attitude toward newspapering in other parts in the world. And I think that must have to do with them not dealing with the bottom line issue as much as American newspapers are. Most American papers are cutting at all costs and then sitting back and wondering why advertisers and the readers aren't coming. There is not yet even one leading newspaper chain willing to say that if we put our resources into building a better newspaper, making something that you can't miss, that is irreplaceable every day, then the readers will come and the advertisers will come. There's no doubt though that in these economic times, it takes guts and it takes someone really stepping forward to be a leader. Unfortunately, that's not happening in this country right now."

THANK YOU. Are you paying attention, The New York Times Company and you bastards running the LA Times?

(Also recommended: the third part of Frontline's recent series about the future of news and journalism.)


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