Well, PowerPoints like this, and the astoundingly crappy computer equipment I'm forced to deal with on a daily basis, anyway.
Anyway, on with the annotated show:
|OK, this doesn't bode well (white text on a dark background is never a good sign, nor is it ever a good design decision), but it might not be terrible.|
|This is supposed to be a training document, but as someone who does not do contracts 100% of the time, I have no idea what HCA means, and I'm guessing that many other recipients of this document don't either. Training pro-tip: don't use insider jargon or acronyms without defining the terms. Luckily, I can turn to the Internet, which tells me that HCA in this context most likely means "Head of Contracting Agency," though I cannot say with 100% certainty that it doesn't stand for "Handyman Club of America" or the "Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica." I'm still not sure what "ratify" means exactly, though I can guess.|
|What conditions must be met for what? Ratification, I'd guess, but by now, my mind is seriously starting to wander.|
|More jargon - though at least this jargon is more widely-known than the previous jargon was/is. Number of confused people clip arts: 3.|
|Finally, a slide with semi-useful information, halfway through the presentation. Number of confused people clip arts: 4.|
|Number of confused people clip arts: 5. This stuff just isn't that confusing.|
|Wait, now there's a standard format and checklist? Where, pray tell, might one actually FIND this standard format and checklist? And more definitionless jargon - HCAD. The Internet is less help here - I'm going to guess HCAD means "Hypoplastic Coronary Artery Disease."|
|Hey, another slide with actual useful information! Woohoo!|
|Oh boy, I have so many questions for you, big clip art question mark - but don't worry, most of them are existential.|
So, non-government people, do you all have to deal with the same nonsense? Are my fantasies of possibly, someday, escaping early 1990s design just that - fantasies? Let me know in the comments.