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  • #2
    Reminds me of the time I visited the Grand Canyon and picked up a visitors guide . . . glanced at the first side turned the sheet over and found a typo in the second paragraph . . ..
    "If you think you are too small to be effective
    you have never been in the dark with a mosquito."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gordo View Post
      "Perhaps you'd prefer to be seated at one of our booths? The lighting is so much better..."

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      • #4
        Oh god this is so true. I'll be walking through the mall and stop to check out what material they used for the free standing sign in the middle of the floor. Sat down at some restaurant and noticed they used a synthetic paper with a soft-touch and I kept stroking the menu because it felt so nice. I could go on. My employee yelled at me because he now is in the habit of inspecting printed pieces he stumbles upon. Another fun thing to do is pointing out what I have printed. Sits down at restaurant, "Nah, I don't need to see the menu, I printed it."

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        • #5
          LOL, I am the same as Keith only I tend to look at pieces that are perfect bound to see if it contains crossovers and how much of a crossover appearance they have.

          pd

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          • #6
            I find myself identifying fonts in the credits of TV shows.

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            • #7
              I pickup printed pieces to smell them, to see how "fresh" they are. I love the smell of a freshly printed piece. And of course, check for registration, paper, feel, spelling, and all the other stuff too. We are CURSED!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by scotts View Post
                I pickup printed pieces to smell them, to see how "fresh" they are. I love the smell of a freshly printed piece. And of course, check for registration, paper, feel, spelling, and all the other stuff too. We are CURSED!
                My wife always looks at me funny when I do this.

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                • #9
                  Confession.
                  I was briskly escorted out of a grocery store by security when I was caught examining labels using a loupe to see if they were printed with FM screening. I was doing that to gather samples for trade shows. :-(

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by arossetti View Post

                    My wife always looks at me funny when I do this.
                    Quote from my wife after sharing this with her... "Your critique has been the appetizer for many a meal…one of the first times you took me out to eat, you moaned about kerning…KERNING! Who notices that?! I didn’t even know what kerning was at the time! You’re lucky I didn’t end it right then and there."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Possumgal View Post
                      I find myself identifying fonts in the credits of TV shows.
                      I have been in printing for 29 years. I am still as dumb as ever when it comes to identifying fonts.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MacTwidget View Post

                        I have been in printing for 29 years. I am still as dumb as ever when it comes to identifying fonts.
                        There are only two fonts you need to know; Comic Sans and Courier. Anything that doesn't look like either of those two fonts needs to be converted to one of them. Which of the two you select is up to you. If your customer complains just tell them that their PDF has an embedded virus that caused the issue. Make sure that, when you tell them, that you're standing on something to make you appear taller than them. It's more intimidating that way.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gordo View Post

                          There are only two fonts you need to know; Comic Sans and Courier. Anything that doesn't look like either of those two fonts needs to be converted to one of them. Which of the two you select is up to you. If your customer complains just tell them that their PDF has an embedded virus that caused the issue. Make sure that, when you tell them, that you're standing on something to make you appear taller than them. It's more intimidating that way.
                          Gordo . ..you fergot Hobo . .. just as bad as comic sans . . .
                          "If you think you are too small to be effective
                          you have never been in the dark with a mosquito."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by prepressdork View Post
                            LOL, I am the same as Keith only I tend to look at pieces that are perfect bound to see if it contains crossovers and how much of a crossover appearance they have.

                            pd
                            ...especially when it results in body parts disappearing into the gutter .

                            I remember being fascinated with things like registration marks and colour bars, and how books were bound since I was barely able to read them... which of course meant taking them apart.

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                            • #15
                              Don't worry; Benny will fix all dat. d

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