I wish. In my old job we had a rota where we did it each week. My current employer doesn't believe we need to, in his words 'you have pantone and CMYK swatches use them, on screen use your imagination' :icon_hide:
I would recommend the Pantone Huey but I am going to go and check out sypder now....
I don't calibrate with a device although I do have a Spyder Pro 2. A quick tweak out of the box and I'm done. The client won't have a calibrated monitor so it's largely pointless. Never had a print drama either! :icon_smile:
I often send a printed visual to a client if colour is important because as you say the clients monitor is very unlikely to be calibrated. It saves a big long discussion after they get their printed materials and complain because it doesn't look like the red on their screen!
I couldn't agree more! To be honest calibrating printers is more important than calibrating screens if the end product is going to be printed.
Saying that in our graphic design team we do have someone who is reponsible for colour and they are obsessive about it. Their office is completely painted neutral grey with all grey furniture. Because we have fashion clients colour can be very important. If the catalogue doesn't match the colour of the clothes then the number of returns goes through the roof. So not only do we have all the colour correction gear we have an office full of women's shirts at the moment as well!
For website work I have found that you are better off not calibrating, when testing something that is going online you are actually better off having a random selection of uncalibrated screens. Otherwise you can end up with a design that looks great in the office but on Joe Public's washed out, brightness right up, bargain basement LCD you can't see half of the detail.