On friday I did a quick piece for the NY Times Week in Review, on the tricky relationship between the U.S., Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Taliban. At the last minute it needed a quick color change because of a color clash with something else on the cover. It happens and it's totally unforeseen and because of Photoshop this is so easy and routine I don't even think about it anymore, in a few minutes it was done.
It reminded me I forgot to post the top piece I did for Columbia a little bit ago. That involved something I'm sure everyone here has experienced.
The article was on over population compared to food supply, mainly in Africa. This was the rough they liked. Only direction was "Make sure the nest looks like AFRICA"
Which I did and the editors were happy. Sent off, done and invoiced.
A week later, an hour or so before they go to press, the slightly stressed AD calls and says the editors just decided they want the nest NOT to look like Africa, they want it general.
I was pretty worried at first I would have to repaint the whole thing, since my work is mainly non-digital. Of course they offered to pay for the repaint, but there wasn't time.
But in about a half hour I had it done, all thanks to Photoshop.
Or was it because of Photoshop?
Since everyone is so used to being able to make such last minute changes, has indecisiveness run amuck?