Keeping track of errors is an interesting concept in baseball and a personal pastime of my wife related to our relationship. For some time baseball fans have debated the significance of keeping such a statistic that is subjective and doesn’t really display the ability of a fielder.
In fact, Edgar Renteria of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants leads both leagues in the total number career errors of an active player, despite helping lead the Giants to their first World Championship since 1954 as well as 2010 World Series Most Valuable Player Award—which is an award remarkably similar to my #1 Dad coffee mug given to me by my children on Father’s Day, despite my wife’s statistical prowess in maintaining my hit-to-error ratio. It is my testament today that keeping up with errors is futile, judgmental, and unnecessarily pessimistic.
I tell you that to tell you this, I made a mistake. In a post three weeks ago titled Hobo Hauntings. I posted an image of a logo that I designed for the 2011 NAI Region VI workshop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Not long after the image was posted, Mike E. Perez posted the following comment:
One advantage of the Hobo version over your second one is that Hobo seems to kern better. Personally, I think there are much better font choices than Hobo for that project. Unfortunately, the N.O. Movement Bold doesn’t seem to be one. Also, I really hope the logo didn’t get final approval with the typo in “Moment!”
“What typo?” was my initial reaction and secondly “Who is this Mike E. Perez?” busting my delicate ego. I immediately assumed that I pulled the wrong “Final” logo so I went looking for the correct “Final” logo to find only the error-ridden version. I also went looking for information on any errors that Mike E. Perez had made in life, but a Google search yielded none.
My plan at this point was to delete Mike E. Perez’s comment and simply upload the correct “Final” file on the blog. I would then make fun of several countless errors that Paul has made since I have known him to make me feel better about myself. Most importantly, since my wife reads the blog searching for errors, I had to make this one go away. After only finding the error-ridden “Final” version, I then assumed I had mistakenly saved the “Final” version incorrectly and one of the other review versions was correct. That’s when I found out that the “Final” file was the last updated file and had been shared with the committee in various formats for print and digital media. I had made a huge error.
Here’s the strange part. Is that this “Final” version had been through the hands and eyes of the workshop committee, reviewed by Paul Caputo (Art and Publications Director for the National Association for Interpretation and co-author of Interpretation by Design, who holds a master of fine arts in visual communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Richmond), used on promotional save-the-date bookmarks, placed on the website, seen in newsletters, placed on forms, and distributed to hundreds of people and no one had caught the error.
No matter what though, the error still belongs to me. From this I have learned the following nuggets of knowledge: putting type on the vertical is hard for folks to read, no one really reads logos, I have a personal bias against the letter N, Paul and I take this stuff way too seriously, and I’m dangerous with a keyboard.
For the most part, I was okay with this error until arriving at the National Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada, and being handed a promotion pin for the 2011 workshop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas to serve as a constant reminder of my Eureka Momemt. Please post a comment below about your favorite personal error (not your favorite personal errors that you have seen me or Paul make) and help me feel better about being such a goof. The error has been corrected, sent out to the committee and is now called “Final2.”