So, as you may recall, there was this contest at I Do Things regarding candy bars. There were also interminable videos featuring some stupid camera effects and lots of nervous twitching. There was soap. There was poorly cued music.
But most important, there were winners. Four of them, to be precise, and if you didn’t know there were four, then YOU didn’t watch all the videos!
Tho I can hardly blame you.
Anyway, as the winners checked in to claim their prizes, I offered an alternative in case they really didn’t care to have a melted, smashed candy bar show up on their doorstep. If you don’t want the candy bar, I said, I will put your ad in my sidebar for a week. If you don’t have a button, I will make one for you!
All accepted the candy bar eagerly.
All but one.
I suspect she’s regretting her choice.
I was sure I could design a button. How hard can it be? Plop in the name of the site and throw in some color and graphics, right?
Her response to my offer to create an ad was as follows:
I trust you implicitly.
Aw. It’s nice to be trusted. I went to work and created the ad. Hmm! I thought. Not great, but not bad, really. I bet she’ll like it.
You know what? I think I should make a button anyway. I will get one to you soon.
Yours is AWESOME, but this is a perfect excuse for me to just make a button already.
Oh. OK. Gotchya. No problem. Really. No big deal. She did say “awesome.” I’m sure she’s not just being polite
She e-mailed me her button, and it was fine and everything, but it BUGGED me, because it wasn’t 125 x 125. It HAS to be 125 x 125, doesn’t it? So I messed around with it a bit. Surely she would see how superior mine was to her original.
SERIOUSLY, no offense. I just like consistency.
OK! Geez! But shouldn’t it be a bit bigger? I enlarged it, which had the unfortunate effect of making it all blurry. Still. Bigger, right?
Smaller. Don’t you love how I’m all “WHATEVER, SERIOUSLY” and then have opposing/definite opinions?
Yeah, I “love” it. Anything else, your highness?
Before you get the wrong idea, I love this woman. We both thought it was pretty funny that what started as “I trust you implicitly” ended up as “I’ll do it myself, thank you very much!”
Regardless, I get the message. I am not a graphic designer. Not even of simple blog buttons. Don’t believe me? Here’s the final product:
And here’s what I created:
I didn’t even spell her NAME right!
I’m waiting to see if she comments on this post. I’m sure she’ll suggest a few revisions.