Monday, April 7, 2008

Ode to Microsoft Word

Do not shield your eyes! What you are seeing are real design templates. For the longest time I have been bemused and horrified by the Microsoft Word template library. From greeting cards and calenders to letterheads and business cards, Microsoft Word has been fighting a daily design battle with decent designers everywhere. Graphic Design 101: We designers learn the basic fundamentals of good design: white space, typography, readability, and simplicity. We craft our resumes into works of art, tweak a logo for hours on end, kern the copy of a flyer no one will read. Why? Because its important to us and people like good design, whether they recognize it or not. I just can not put my finger on why Microsoft, a large corporation with plenty of money to hire a few designers, creates these templates. I offer my services right now, pro bono, to redesign these templates for the common man and woman!


Meghan B said...

I really hope you get some bites on this one. Also...I was perusing through CS3 for the first time today...have you seen their illustrator templates? Gradient City.

Meghan Colvin said...

haha, Gradient City...I know who lives there!!!!!

Crew gets one guess.

Sarah Martin said...

I never thought I'd say this, but I would say a resume with a finger pointing to a globe might actually be worse.