Dumbest Graphic Designer Ever? Probably Not...
A number of years ago I managed a creative team for a large eLearning company in the Southwest. This was back when Adobe's Flash was just bursting on the scene and companies were furiously seeking anyone with multimedia or animation experience. It turns out that Flash was such a new technology that it seemed that firms would take anyone; even if they'd just heard of Flash. Okay, maybe things weren't quite that desperate for firms, but you get my point.
I share this with you because one of the guys on my team fit this category of designer...in fact, I could only call him a designer in the loosest of ways. I still am not sure how this guy got hired. Anyway, during an especially difficult custom project we were creating for Microsoft, this guy thought it would be clever to include some Easter egg text in one of his animations. He wrote, "Yeah, even though this project was total bull sh*t, I totally kicked *ss - team 6 rulez!" Perhaps he viewed this as a way of venting frustration; who knows? In order to conceal the “hidden message”, the guy included this in a point size of about 1, so it was invisible to the naked eye when viewing the animation at 100 percent. Unfortunately, he failed to recognize two things about Flash (at least at that time):
- Flash renders native text in vector, which means even point 1 text will become readable if you zoom in enough times on the animation
- Two, Flash will allow users to zoom in an incredible number of times.
Well, I trust you know where I am headed with this. Just by sheer dumb-luck a user did in fact zoom in on this animation and discovered my designer's crude attempt to express his emotions. Let's just say that upper management took a pretty dim view of this, and it wasn't long before the guy ended up looking for another position. I can't help but wonder if he felt team 6 ruled after he was relieved of his duties.
Was this the dumbest thing a designer has ever done? Probably not, but this was one of the dumbest I'd ever been privy. Want to share a story you've heard about? Make sure you add a comment.