Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Q&D Analysis #2 - Putting the horse before the cart


Down at the bottom of the guidelines, they inform everybody that "As of April 1, 2006 the Visual Arts Section will no longer accept slides as visual support material." They are making the great leap into the 21st Century. Unfortunately, this isn't as great as it sounds. If you read the nice handout that the Canada Council has entitled The Do’s and Don’ts of Submitting Digital Support Material to the Visual Arts Section it clearly states
Submit PC-compatible files only.
Submit .jpeg files only.
Submit a resolution of 72 dpi files only.
Submit a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixel files.
Submit files of 500K (0.5MB) maximum.
Submit RGB or SRGB colour mode files only (No CMYK)
Is there anybody out there who think a 1024 x 768 jpg is the optimum means to view documentation on their work? Oh, I can't wait to be able to see the nuances and shading... Or (and this is something I think is much more likely to happen) they will change the digital image guidelines, which will then cause everybody who work at the Canada Council to get new computers, which will then be, as Simpleposie so eloquently stated (as a question) "the Canada Council's infrastructure [will] be enhanced at the expense of it's Visual Art's Programme."

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