Oh boy. This assignment took me right back to design school, and, as you can see, it ain’t my forte. That’s not to say it couldn’t be; yes, this is reluctance by choice. The best part of all this though is that I did enjoy the process. I had an idea on Tuesday—to do something about the USPS—started the “infographic” on Wednesday, and spent the time I allotted to complete the project. Life is busy, and prioritization is a necessary fact.
I made this in Powerpoint. Yikes. I was nearly as shocked to find out that Powerpoint was a viable option for this kind of work, having been exposed to (believe it or not) Illustrator, as I was when I learned what not a big deal it is to steal icons off the internet for personal use. Essentially, however, it worked. Powerpoint, I mean.
I created a “custom” template, an 8.5” x 11” blank slate from which to combine info and graphics. In my mind, I start with color. The palate is patriotic and fairly straightforward, with the exception of the hand-drawn “To Whom it May Concern.” I actually got pretty excited about this idea, and wrote that phrase about twenty-seven times before I said that’s enough. I was using my fat finger. (Too bad I lost the pen that goes along with this backward behaving SurfacePro. That brings me to my next little issue.)
Upon completion of the masterpiece, I saved it for the umpteenth time and attempted to Export it as a PDF. Everything but the “Did you know?” and “To Whom it May Concern” came through in the PDF conversion process. Okay, I said, don’t panic. You can do this. Then I packed up my belongings and paid the Technology Center folks in the library a visit. I was embarrassed to reveal my creation at the time. “See,” I said, “it won’t PDF all of it.” The nice girl behind the counter asked the nice guy behind the counter and they both basically told me to “Google it.”
I sighed silently, and thanked them for their “help.”
“Oh,” the nice guy said, “maybe try the Snippet Tool.”
I already had the door ajar, and looked back. “The Snippet Tool?” I said.
“Yeah, it’s like taking a screen shot.”
“Ohhh. Okay. Thanks.”
After much clicking and tapping and swiping and finding the Snippet Tool, it took me about ten attempts to get the right snip. This turned the Powerpoint into a PNG file which my blog wouldn’t accept as an upload. I found no self-explanatory way to convert a PNG into a JPG. So, I did what any savvy college student would do, and I Googled it. “Open the PNG in Paint, then re-save it as a JPG.” Alright, no big deal after all. It all worked out and I got the assignment done.