I’ve worked as the sole pitch document designer for a mid-size investment firm for the past 10 years. When I started, the firm had no branding guidelines, no training for associates working in PowerPoint and no rules about consistency or quality of presentations. I’ve worked hard to build templates anyone can use without messing up (too much), and we’re finally branching into onscreen, branded presentations with high-res images and animation versus printed decks with static Excel charts and pages full of text.
As the firm’s grown, so has my workload, so I’ve been assigned an assistant to help me. She’s great, works hard and is super willing to learn, but she’s from a secretarial background, with no design experience.
I was off work with flu this week, as a couple of long complicated onscreen presentations came through for editing. I got a message from a manager:
Client: I need you to get your assistant trained up to do these. It shouldn’t be hard for her to pick up.
Me: Cool. Glad you think two decades of design experience is something novice can pick up in a weekend.