About This Comic: Friendly Form
Chocolate works for me, when a shot is frowned upon in the workplace.
I’m reminded of a course on the lynda.com site where the instructor was a little more surly than usual. The best point he brings home on form design is how nobody really wants to fill out a form. Designing and developing them so that users will want to engage with them is a pretty tall order.
Here I trot out the supporting character Janise who – while occupying a spot on the Cast page – hasn’t really been seen in a comic since 2010. I guess it is because of two things: I made a conscious effort to get away from the workplace setting (boring! Been “done”) and to a lesser extent I took a little heat for how I depicted her Jamaican accent. I like Jamaican accents, or any Caribbean for that matter And chocolate, combine them with a shot at my desk and I’d be a lot less grumpy. ‘Tis is the season for vendors sending chocolate gifts. It is a good thing.
A long time ago I worked briefly in retail sales in J&R Computer World when I moved to New York city. This was in addition to my full-time job because I thought it would be fun to chat about PCs, make an occasional sale and fill up my lonely weekends. The top sales guy was from the Caribbean and his accent was his hook – and he knew it and exploited it. When I asked him why a female customer was listening to him for so long before making up her mind he told me “it’s my accent”. Two things about PC retail sales 22 years ago – when I got my first check, I went to payroll and asked if there was another “Part II” check coming, because this clearly wasn’t all my pay. That, and the top question even back then was “where is the section with the Macs?”.
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