What you will learn
Along with design intent documentation and written specifications, sign message schedules are one of the fundamental building blocks of designer guideline fabrication documentation. This is a designer level course for professionals and fabricators with two or more years experience in environmental graphic design.
The number of signs can become very large on complex projects. Message schedules can thus prove to be a difficult part of the process, especially if you’re doing it manually - the hard way! Microsoft Word, Excel and Filemaker experts Jack Bisak, Max Heim and Craig Berger will demonstrate in this podcast effective methods, strategies and structures on how to create clear message schedules from complex and general information.
With such a combined wealth of knowledge, these presenters will open your eyes to the benefits of their favored programs. However, with every good program, negative aspects are inevitable, and all three presenters dig into both pros and cons of each program to ensure you’re well catered for. Supplementary database messaging programs like Microsoft Access and Geographic Information Systems are also mentioned and described to give you a larger scope of what’s available for you to use. If your message schedules are very complex and you can’t seem to control them, then this podcast will solve your problems.
This course provides a good introduction to the issues involved in creating message schedules. Three SEGD Member firms have created commercial software apps to support message scheduling:
- Pros and Cons for Microsoft Word, Excel and Filemaker
- Inside information about how the presenters successfully use these programs
- Case studies with complex information simplified and key strategies
- Some special features are described
- When you supply your clients and/or fabricators with the message schedule do you always supply that in additional format?
- How do you control the message schedule information because you don’t have a lock out mode in Excel, would you make a PDF?
- Excel has a limited amount of character space per cell, but Max’s solve the issue by going to separate lines per sign, but once you do that, how do you make sure the message you want first stays on the top of that line?
- Is there a way that Excel can limit the number of characters in a given message line, given some clients can be verbose?
- In any of these programs, can you only import a pic file when you’re laying out the fields in the layout mode, or can you do that in the browse mode?
- What are the pros and cons of including a lot of fabrication information on the message schedule?
- 1 Audio Podcast including a Q&A session
- 2 Case Study’s with spreadsheet Excel files
- PowerPoint presentation
- Approximately 80 minutes
Presented September 17, 2002
Along with design intent documentation and written specifications, sign message schedules are one of the fundamental building blocks of designer guideline fabrication documentation. This course covers a number of software platforms used to create sign message schedules. This is a designer level course for professionals and fabricators with two or more years experience in environmental graphic design.
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