Saturday, February 19, 2011
Pearls Before Swine cartoon about billboards & pigs & PowerPoint
On February 8th there was yet another hilarious Pearls Before Swine Cartoon. Click on the image to glimpse the last frame. You can’t read all the words on that billboard unless you look at the enlarged image here on his blog. There are at least 230 words!
There obviously is a limit to how many words will be legible. For a PowerPoint image you can find different authorities telling you to use a maximum of N lines with N words, where N is four, five, six, or seven.
To tell a story you always can avoid being a pig and build a series of images, like the Burma Shave road signs shown above that began to appear back in 1925.
My favorite space age version is the series of signs created by Sidney Harris for a 1975 cartoon that first appeared in American Scientist magazine.