Thank you, you did it! You voted for the most appropriate author photo for a flyer. The verdict in the end was clear: the CHEERFUL selfie got 10 votes, the DAZED (aka WRY) selfie got 8 votes, WINDY got 6 and a half, and all the others had a few fans except for poor DUBIOUS.
I have used the winning author photo in a real flyer for a real house concert in Christchurch next month. That’s a private event, of course—I can’t show you that flyer.
But as a by-product I’ve made a draft flyer for similar gigs in the future, and I can share that one. (I just love the communal experience of reading in a private home and I hope for plenty more.)
Flyer for a house concert using a selfie and PowerPoint
Feel free to copy this process
I’ve made a lot of flyers over the last 50-odd years and this is one of the easiest processes I know. Some of you may find it useful—hope so.
- Choose a suitable image without copyright issues: mine as you know was a selfie.
- Open PowerPoint and plonk the selfie anywhere on the first slide.
- Add the text you want in a couple of text boxes.
- Check the Design Ideas and find one that appeals.
- Tinker with the slide until it looks OK to you.
- View the slide in Slide Show and take a screenshot: that’s your flyer.
- Voila! You’re done.
For the record, the author photos
Here’s what I asked you to do, and you did it! Voting was rapid, unregulated, unreliable and non-representative, and I’m not blaming the Russians.
- Please tell me which photo(s) would attract you to one of my gigs (if it was possible).
- I do not wish to look solemn or poetical: the title is quite enough to terrify people without me appearing to be floating in realms of poesy.
- I want to convey that the event will be fun and funny as well as meaningful.
Will you please give your unvarnished, uncensored opinions. I can take it—been working on my abs. Trust me, I want the truth so don’t hold back. Here we go. Nine photos, at last count.
Cheerful — the winner
Dazed — close second
Dubious—not a single vote went to this gorgeous portrait
Oh no!—one vote
Over the top—2 votes
Shocked—one and a half votes
Tragic (just kidding)—one and a half votes
Windy—6 and a half votes
Thank you for a clear message about author photos
Thank you my friendly followers and random readers! This was a serious exercise in customer research: you were my focus group.
Voting is closed
But I have been thinking about the wider implications of your choices. I’ll write about that another time…