Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Good Reason to Hate Computers

I just want to make our own version of this call sheet. This call sheet is a very beautiful example of good information design. You can quickly and easily see what's going on on the whole day. Replicating it with Word or Excel or their equivalents is a nightmare, however.

I'm going to draw this on a piece of paper and use it as a background to a Word document at this point.

There are some significant advantages to typewriters which we no longer use because of word processors. Word processors are great for search and replace. They are lousy for multi-column documents where the columns do not "flow" into one another (taking out the formatting you've carefully set up with them.)

Theoretically there is a way to build this in Excel, but to set up the cells this way is extraordinarily complicated and counter-intuitive. I could do it in Pagemaker but then what? Export as a .pdf? Perhaps to make as an Acrobat form? Well, that would be interesting but why is there a 30-hour learning curve to do something which would take me about 20 minutes on a typewriter?

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