Well, will you take a look at that? October 28 already. Why, it seems like just yesterday that we were rolling out the new logo, all shiny and round and refurbished.
I could wax nostalgic about the process, but let’s be honest, here. You all don’t really care about the fact that I’ve spent a year of my life on this project. What you want to know is what any sane individual wants to know: what now?
What now indeed. Here’s a little impromptu FAQ for you.
I made the deadline and am in compliance. What do I get?
You get my undying gratitude and the satisfaction of a job well done.
Yeah. That one never worked on me, either.
You get candy if you come to the next Web Forum meeting. How about that?
I didn’t make the deadline and I’m not in compliance. What now?
Well, first I have to ask you to take out your Staff ID and determine whether or not it’s one of the ones with the computer chips in it. If it is, don’t worry. We’ll find you. If not, well, you have a little extra time to get a head start before I release the hounds. I suggest that you keep downwind and cross as many streams as possible along the way.
No. Really. What now? Am I off the hook?
No, you are not off the hook. You are still expected to bring your websites into logo compliance. Post-haste.
Do you have any idea what that’s going to cost me? I don’t have that kind of time/money/resources.
No, I don’t know what it’s going to cost you. But please tell me. Seriously. Take a few minutes and figure out what it would take in the way of resources to bring your site into compliance. Then drop me a line with that number. I can’t promise to write you a check, but I do promise that this lack of resources will be brought to the attention of those who can.
I didn’t make the deadline, but I’m in redesign now. Are you still going to release the hounds?
No. Well. Make that a qualified no.
If you’re currently in redesign and working toward release, you’re fine. If you’re using “redesign” as a perpetual excuse to dodge the logo bullet, well, that’s not very honest, is it?
I WAS in compliance, but then you went and changed the %$#@!&^%ing rules on me. Now what?!
Now, I’m sorry to say, you get to engage in the exercise of bringing your site into line with the new %$#@!&^%ing rules.
If you come to the web meeting, I’ll give you consolation candy and an E for Effort.
Why are we doing this again?
Take a look at the Visual Identity FAQ.
HEY!! The Visual Identity Site isn’t in compliance!!
It’s in redesign. Yes. Really. Look for new, better, compliant site to launch RealSoonNow(tm).
Finally, I’d like to remind everyone of the resources available to you as you move forward with bringing your sites into compliance.
- The Visual Identity Banners are available for download. These are pre-coded CSS packages that will work with any existing site with a minimal amount of retrofitting.
- If you’re feeling more ambitious, you can use the Developers’ Templates, which give you a complete shell to work from in order to simply cut and paste your content into a compliant site. (These are by no means required.)
- If you’re having trouble implementing either of the above, you can call me for help (or email).
- Also, there are several local vendors who are chomping at the bit to help you come into compliance. If you’d like to investigate this as an option, please feel free to drop me a line and ask for names. (Names. Not recommendations or endorsements.)(I don’t get good enough kick-backs for that kind of risk.)
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PS. Check out the new College of Human Ecology site, launched yesterday! Not only is it in CommonSpot, but it’s also LOGO COMPLIANT.