Monthly Archives: September 2009



PLEASE EXCUSE THE SHOUTING in the headline. I just want to be sure you know I haven’t deserted you.

And, yes, during the past few days I have sometimes felt like the character in the Edvard Munch painting “The Scream.”

My work upgrading to a new MacPro and to Snow Leopard on both the MacPro and laptop has created interesting moments. Like a high-stakes poker game: Hours of boredom puncuated by moments of sheer terror.

It hasn’t all been fun and it has taken my attention away from this blog. For that, many apologies. But I am storing away some interesting pages and other goodies. I r-e-a-l-l-y hope to be able to do some updating by midweek. So please check back then. Thanks for your understanding.


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For newcomers: Ed’s contact info

z e-mail address

IT SEEMS SO OBVIOUS…but sometimes I’m a master at not seeing the obvious.

I received a comment last night from Lyle Davis, editor and publisher of The Paper in San Marcos/Escondido, CA. I give Lyle an A+ for his resourcefulness.

With all my attempts at taking the blog national, I had not placed my e-mail address in the notices!

So, for the record, here’s how you can submit pages (or send me a nasty note!): Just e-mail me at You can send the pages as pdf files. Please send two-three sentences of information on the design concept and exeution. If I need more, I’ll contact you.

When I have a bit more time, I’ll set up another page on this blog with all kinds of “how-to-reach-me” information.

Thanks, Lyle!

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Going national: An update


FOR MONTHS, this blog has been a comfortable little secret. But no longer. Word is going out to newspaper  leaders, editors, designers and press associations.

My hope is that this will build readership—and more help for the designers and editors at community newspapers across the US and Canada.

The more readers we get, the greater the number of contributors and the more comments. If this is going to grow into a community where we can all learn from each other, having more contributors is certainly a benefit.

Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to this point.

Now, we’ll just see how much readership we get. I’ll keep you posted!


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Just for fun: How we read


HERE’S A PAGE I USE during design presentations. It’s something I ran into a few years ago and it really works! Read through it and you’ll see. It’s fun—but knowing it does not absolve us from the responsibility of getting the spelling right in everything we publish!


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Just for fun: The Secret Design History of 12 Famous Brands


The Tiffany box.

FAST COMPANY MAGAZINE’S web site carries this fascinating slideshow that briefly describes “The Secret Design History of 12 Famous Brands.”

Among them:

The FedEx logo.

The Campbell’s Soup can.

The Playboy cover.

The blue Tiffany box.

The Coca-Cola logo.

The Toblerone box.

No, it’s not news design. But it’s fun to look at . Think of it as eye candy.

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