to be Scanned!)
In we go, to the Media and Illustration Department. This department is
a small section located at the Finders Medical Centre. It mainly deals
with the providing of banners, reports, photography, and promotion in media
and medical usage in the centre, as well as for individuals and other businesses.
The size of the front office is relatively average, with a busy kind of
atmosphere. They are responsible for the things that go in and out.
This is the room, which produces the design works. This room is equipped
with computers and machines, but a quite, tidy and comfortable atmosphere.
In this department, even though it has a total of only 11 workers, there
is a lot of technology invested in this room.
This person tidying up on a quick scanned image. This is one of the advantages
of technology, because images can be created in a matter of moments. Before
this kind of work is publicised, they can either be converted into an Adobe
Illustrator file or into slides. The computer on the bottom is located
in the front office, and deals with the final drawings, backups and things
that comes in and out of the department are recorded in this machine.
This equipment is the hard drives used to store the designs. The finished
work is then stored into a CD. They run a network to all of the other computers.
The computers are either a Mac or a PC, depending on what kind of software
is best. But a standard machine would have 64megs of ram and 2 gigs of
hard drive space, which is quite reasonable. For this computer below, is
used to run the colour plotter.
This is an RGB printer that gives out very good photographic quality, but
is very expensive. It has a special diffusing process with the dyes so
that you don? notice the dots in the printouts. A standard 300dpi-image
file would still give a really excellent quality.
Here is a sample of the type of photographic quality that the RGB printer
can produce. If you look closer, you will not see the dots, which makes
it photographic. For normal customers, this kind of quality can cost up
to $8 each, depending on how much ink is used.
This colour photocopier also gives a very good quality. A normal copy can
turn out well, even without balancing the colours. This quality is best
for reports and proofing. They can create small rough poster works and
save money instead of using expensive printers. A colour print would cost
about 60 cents, which is very cheap.
On the left are the old film recorders. The top can only process 36 films
each and takes 2-4 minutes. The one below is much newer and faster and
can load 800 shots in just one minute. These machines are very important,
because the films are processed daily and are made into slides. Slides
can be used for making video and animations.
This is the printing room, where all types of banners are printed through
this plotter. It works just like a normal colour printer, but it has got
a wider size to deal with larger presentation posters.
These are the types of quality the colour plotter can produce. The posters
are mostly text, although graphical ones are more challenging to do. The
only manual work done in this department is probably just trimming of the
posters. In this plotting room is where the printing paper and other posters
are stored. A crowded and a messy room but very deserted.
The drafting board is in no use. It is left outside untouched in the hall
of the department that used to be very reliable, before the use of computers.