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New poster: Relationship Skills, Take 2

Since I offered up the first go-round of a poster design promoting relationship skills I've found to be incredibly valuable in happy, successful relationships, I've received a great deal of helpful feedback.

I've redesigned the poster, taking a lot of that feedback into account. It's been tightened up considerably, some of the principles have been changed, the design has been tinkered with, and generally it's been greatly improved by your thoughts and comments. So, thanks!

Here's the new version:

I've also created an entry for it on my online store; you can actually order copies of it now! The poster is 16" x 20" (smaller than the Map of Human Sexuality, which is a monster), and printed on very heavy semi-gloss paper. Barring any major last-minute edits, it will be going in for printing tomorrow, which means I will be able to start shipping it early next week.


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Oct. 18th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest two changes -- the sentence that starts "A partner who CHOOSES to be with you..." is run together on the next line, without spacing.

And I'd put "INTEGRITY MATTERS" on one line, maybe with both words in bold. Because, seriously -- that's a big one.

Love this poster, and they're definitely pieces of knowledge that I wish I'd had in the beginning, rather than learning through trial and error!

-- A <3
Oct. 18th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Right you are, that line was very tight. Unfortunately, moving the last word on that line down a line set off a cascading chain of suck and fail that had me actually have to rearrange many of the sayings in the poster to get it to work. (I'm trying to make sure that no line begins or ends with a bullet, which is trickier than it sounds.)

Rather than making a new post for the new version, I've changed this post to show the new version. :)
Oct. 18th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know that arranging this kind of thing in a visually pleasing manner can be problematic!! It's a nifty poster, and I think that the changes you've incorporated since the first iteration have made it stronger :)

Oct. 18th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Stop the presses!
Watch out for the 11th line from the bottom. There is an extra space before the first word in the line, "circumstances".

Hope you catch it in time...

Oct. 19th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
Re: Stop the presses!
Got it, thanks!
Oct. 19th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I love it. I did notice that FLEXIBLE wasn't bolded when all the other ones were. Was that on purpose?
Oct. 19th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
It was supposed to be. It's been fixed, thanks!
Oct. 19th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Very nice. Small edit, if there's still time: the line starting with "circumstances" has an extra space at the beginning.
Oct. 19th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Yep, so there is. It's been fixed, thanks! :)
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
The phrases "Integrity matters" & "Expectation on your part does not incur obligation on someone else's" are both in green, despite being one after the other. Is this on purpose?
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
It isn't! Fixed now, thanks!
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Except, it looks like you've changed the phrase after "integrity matters", but not the colour? I am confused.

Edited at 2012-10-19 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Really like it! Thank you for all of the many hours of work you've put into this project (and the community as a whole!), and for sharing it with us.
Oct. 19th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not getting the bolding. When my brain takes this in, the bold words jump out at me before I start reading, and it's a discordant poem that results. Not every sentence has a bolded word. When I narrow it down and go for which words are bolded of a certain color, I still don't get a theme.

What's up with the bolding? Don't these phrases speak their own emphasis without bolding? In my Thoughtcrimes project part of what makes it work is that the short phrases can have multiple interpretations or nuances. I think most of these aphorisms you pose also have that power. Why the determinism of bolding? Aren't they powerful enough on their own?

And second to that, there's the color groupings of the sentences as a whole. They don't seem to mean anything either, not that jumps out at me, they don't seem to be an index/shortcut to read on a given subtheme, they seem more like a random 4-color-map solution. The green ones seem to be about courage/discomfort/choice, but then again several non-green ones could as easily fit that theme.

My overall impression is that this one needs another round before going to press. If I had this in my space and was looking at it regularly, these visual dissonances and (lack of?) thematically-unified emphasis would bother me.
Oct. 19th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
If you're still taking edits I have a few very minor ones.

In "All of us are lousy at predicting how we will feel in new circumstances" the term lousy just really bugs me ( no pun intended). I think you can do better vocabulary-wise.

In the second to last one I think it would sound a lot cleaner, and be a lot easier to read if a few of the "and"s were taken out, such as "filled with beauty, chaos and joy, sorrow and pain, uncertainty and ecstasy, heartache and passion; to fear..."
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
That's a good call. I changed it just before I sent it to press. :)
Oct. 19th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
jenphalian wished me to pass on her fervent admiration for this heartbreaking work of staggering genius. :)

Edited at 2012-10-19 08:02 pm (UTC)
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