My annual Bloomsday rush

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Every year at this time I'm in a panic to get all my Bloomsday projects out on time. Today was a big deadline in that push

I've been working on the art for the poster for the last three weeks and just finished that last week. Today I had to finalize the layout and create a full-size mockup. Not a big deal, but this was the easiest of my projects.

Additionally, I had to create thirty billboard layouts covering all the Bloomsday registration deadline countdown. I create ten basic designs in three different sizes. That's thirty total. That was all accomplished in one exhausting day: yesterday.

Finally, I had to create the first proof for the entry flyer that gets distributed around town. This year we went from a two-color large foldout to a full-color single-fold.

All these projects were due for First Proofs today by 2:30.

I just made it by the skin of my yellowing teeth. So now I'm going to take a break for the rest of the day and goof off because I can and that's why I work for myself.


Steve Merryman is a cranky old fart. He writes about things that make him tick, and things that tick him off. You may object to his views; you may think he's a moron; and you might wish to tell him so. In return he would remind you that his lack of concern for your feelings is only exceeded by his indifference to your opinions. Good day, Sir!