Now available in print: Eight things…

~ 29 July 2004 ~

Inspired by some of your comments, I’ve recreated “Eight things I wish I’d known when I started” in print format. Please enjoy posted on the wall of your cubicle, home office, or bathroom mirror.

I’ve included crop marks for precise trimming, but of course you’ll need a quality paper trimmer for that.


For reasons unknown to me, the headline type (Clarendon) forced a backwards apostrophe. After an intense round of thumb wrestling with Illustrator, I managed to reverse it to what now appears to be correct.


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1   David ~ 29 July 2004 at 07:13 AM

Would an X-Acto knife and a t-square qualify as a “quality paper timmer?” :-)

2   neilio ~ 29 July 2004 at 09:19 AM

Very nice, indeed. Thanks, Cameron!

3   Terry Tolleson ~ 29 July 2004 at 09:39 AM

Printed. Posted. Love it.

One thing… doesn’t an apostrophe have the bulb sitting at the top, rather than hanging below, much like an elevated comma? Found in the download’s title.

4   Cameron Moll ~ 29 July 2004 at 09:47 AM

Right, Terry. Don’t know why that is. I attempted to correct several times manually, even using Smart Punctuation. But that was the result it gave me every time. I’ll have to outline the character and then manually flip it.

5   Tina Hayes ~ 29 July 2004 at 05:10 PM

Yay! I especially like, the ‘don’t decorate’ part.

I LIKE eye candy, and I’ve always had a very difficult time making myself not go overboard.

I have slowly made the transition to ‘clean’, but it has been a long struggle…and I still have to practically sit on my hands to make myslef allow adequate whitespace/negative space.

6   Reverend Dan ~ 30 July 2004 at 03:36 AM

Paper Trimmer? In England we call them GUILLOTINES! Well we did at school, anyway. I’m not a print designer. But if I were, I think I’d like to bring something of Revolutionary France to my work.

Excellent, inspiritional work though. Thank you.

7   Matt ~ 30 July 2004 at 10:52 AM

Very swish, easy on the eyes as ever. I like this. I might give one to my Mum, see what shes says…

8   alfadomino ~ 02 August 2004 at 01:41 AM

thanks.. hehe.. thankss..

9   DaveMo ~ 06 August 2004 at 12:10 PM

I’m sure it’s something on my end, but the PDF shows up on my monitor with a solid black background that obscures the list item headings and makes the grey type hard to read. Prints funky too.

Also, IMHO, all that black is sort of a waste of ink/toner if it’s intended to look that way.

Any idea whazzup?


10   Cameron Moll ~ 06 August 2004 at 01:01 PM

Bizarre. No, the black bg is incorrect. Help me out — your Acrobat (or similar) version? Machine? etc.

11   DaveMo ~ 06 August 2004 at 02:08 PM

Weird AND Bizarre.

Um, it looks like I have Acrobat Reader v.5, on a Wintel machine (Gateway E-4200), IE 5.x, Windows 98 (I think).

The background appears to bleed past the crop marks by about an eighth of an inch. The piece would be 6 3/4 by 9 3/4 inches when printed and trimmed at the marks.

I checked my printer setting nothing seems to be out of the ordinary.

I’ll check some more in a bit and get back to you.

12   DaveMo ~ 06 August 2004 at 03:35 PM

Well, I honestly have no idea what the problem was or is, but I saved the document to my local drive and opened it in Acrobat for editing and deleted the element that was filled with black, so I think I have the document as you intended it.

I tried adjusting some of the preference settings in both Acrobat and IE but they didn’t help. I can only think there was some element there when you created it that was a light screen or color fill or something that my system couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to be and filled it with black for whatever reason. Who knows.

Thanks anyway. I think I got it now though.


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