Spell Check Your Work Before It Goes Out

January 15, 2015

One of the first projects I ever completed as a designer was a menu for a small Italian restaurant. The menu looked great and I got almost everything right. After the menus were printed, a customer pointed out that the soft drinks included Coke, Sprite and Root Beef. That’s right, I totally messed up one letter!

Now of course this particular error wouldn’t have been caught by a spell checker even if they had been available in most software back in 1990. Sometimes you just need an extra set of eyes to look over your work. If you aren’t good at catching these errors, make sure you have a trusted friend or colleague double-check your work to avoid an embarrassing error.

One type of design is often littered with errors and that is those dreaded spam e-mails. I got one the other day from a supposed law firm with the subject line of “Evition Notice”. First and foremost, I wouldn’t have any idea who would be evicting me from anything. But I also know a real law firm would at the very least get the most important word spelled right. Of course they would also include the address of the property in the e-mail. So don’t be like a spammer and get stuff wrong!

The last error I’ll point out was in a graphic added to a custom Web page someone had created for someone I am helping. I’ve cropped down the graphic to just the typo as I am not trying to upset the person who made the typo. I just want all of you to understand that it is really easy for any of us to make mistakes. Hopefully these examples have emphasized the importance of checking your work an extra time or two to catch as many mistakes as possible.

Post Discussion


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like…

Don't Share Facebook Scam Posts and How To Spot Them

Don’t Share Facebook Scam Posts and How To Spot Them

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately for not doing enough to stop misinformation. Today I want to described one specific type of post that continues to show up from time to time and people are still falling for it. Let's look at one I...

Read More

Ransomware Attacks

Tips to Protect Yourself From a Ransomware Attack

Ransomware has been all over the news recently. First it shut down an important pipeline on the East Coast of the US and then meat processing plants. Criminals have been hitting these high-profile targets because they often lead to huge paydays....

Read More

Lori Greiner Addresses The Coronavirus Crisis

The Sharks Address The Coronavirus Crisis

I've been a fan of the Shark Tank television show since the first season. Some of the companies presenting have turned into huge hits and some of them seem like crazy ideas. Along the way there are tidbits of business advice. In a recent...

Read More

Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

Recent Posts

Pro WordPress Help

Graphics Unleashed Donations

Personal Info

Donation Total: $5