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CortexRock
Nov 13, 2007, 05:11 PM
This is one of those subject areas that could be contentious, because I know everyone has their own way of doing things, but there are certain things I *can't stand* when having to open and work with other designers' files.

Not using master pages
Not using style sheets
Not using baseline grid for typography
Using white filled boxes to blank out bits of the pasteboard instead of sizing objects correctly in the first place
Importing RGB images at 72dpi
Importing images from CD/DVD instead of collecting for output
Rubbish filenames - final version, final final version, final final version 2

Anyone else got any? :D



shecky
Nov 13, 2007, 05:14 PM
i cannot stand when other designers do not do something exactly the way i want it.

other than that, no problems at all :)

Blue Velvet
Nov 13, 2007, 05:17 PM
Agreed to all of the above, except some jobs can't go on a baseline...

I must admit to not using style sheets on quick small jobs that I know will never be touched again... but I'm a complete stickler for using guides for bleed in Quark rather than just floating items off the page; it's handy if you ever have to move complex groups to the same spot on another page.

I also hate my files to have colours in there that aren't being used, particularly all the RGB crud that comes in when you import a Word document.

I'm sure I'll think of more later too... :D

adrianblaine
Nov 13, 2007, 05:21 PM
This is one of those subject areas that could be contentious, because I know everyone has their own way of doing things, but there are certain things I *can't stand* when having to open and work with other designers' files.

Not using master pages
Not using style sheets
Not using baseline grid for typography
Using white filled boxes to blank out bits of the pasteboard instead of sizing objects correctly in the first place
Importing RGB images at 72dpi
Importing images from CD/DVD instead of collecting for output
Rubbish filenames - final version, final final version, final final version 2

Anyone else got any? :D

Those things sound like people who aren't designers (no offense to anyone). I guess it also sounds like things done by novices who don't know the program they are using very well.

I'm working on an InDesign file right now that has hundreds of guides, only they are on the Master Page. I don't want to delete them since I'm the new guy and it isn't my document...

Jaffa Cake
Nov 13, 2007, 05:23 PM
An erstwhile colleague of mine was a bugger for giving me CMYK files that she knew were supposed to be CMYK files that were filled completely with Pantone colours. That annoyed me no end, I can tell you...

Blue Velvet
Nov 13, 2007, 05:28 PM
Not using H&Js... whopping great heads and titles spaced like body copy. :mad:

CortexRock
Nov 13, 2007, 05:32 PM
Sending PDFs to the printshop without preflighting (which picks up all the 72dpi RGB images, Pantone spot colours and lack of bleed/crops).

Then, we spend another hour fixing all the problems...

kitki83
Nov 13, 2007, 08:44 PM
Here is a good one, printer wants me to send them PDF without bleeds just crop marks, only to take a week to make the bleeds because the owner didn't know about bleeds. That what happens when my boss doesn't involved in the talks when getting stuff to print. I got in trouble for still sending a correct version, but of course no one apologize because I was right, sometimes i think its my age that makes me have theses issues.

But I do have noob questions:

My Old Indesign CS2 book that I self taught with doesn't mention style sheets but is it the same as Character Style and paragraph style?

Thank you, better ask now than send a file on the no nos

tobefirst
Nov 13, 2007, 10:11 PM
Occasionally, I have to fix some old files from the previous person in my position. My biggest pet peeve on his files would be not using leading correctly, choosing to insert 6pt hard returns where there should just be a "space after" or increased leading.

It is extra characters like this that get under my skin.


Edit: OOH! Or using 10 text boxes for things that could be accomplished in one. Hate that.

creator2456
Nov 14, 2007, 04:01 AM
Edit: OOH! Or using 10 text boxes for things that could be accomplished in one. Hate that.

I have to admit to hating this as well as doing it too. I use multiple text boxes in my 'sketch' files cause it is so easy to just try things out and get an idea of how the final will look. I then start over in a single text box to match my 'sketches'.

CortexRock
Nov 14, 2007, 06:57 AM
My Old Indesign CS2 book that I self taught with doesn't mention style sheets but is it the same as Character Style and paragraph style?

Yeah, Character/Paragraph styles form part of your 'style sheet'. Style sheet is a Quark Xpress term mainly, I think.