Monthly Archives: February 2012

Desk position open

MY FRIEND BUZZ TREXLER is managing editor at The Daily Times in Maryville, TN. He recently contacted me to ask if I know of any candidates for a desk position. Buzz is a joy to work with and I’m happy to help him find the right candidate.

His note follows.


We have an opening if you know of any good candidates:
The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times, an award-winning seven-day morning newspaper just outside of Knoxville, is in search of a copy editor/page designer to become part of our Newsroom production team. The preferred candidate will have keen news judgment, excellent grammar and writing skills, as well excellent knowledge of software and processes related to newspaper design, including but not limited to Adobe InDesign, InCopy and Photoshop, as well as basic knowledge of web-related technologies, digital video and audio. The preferred candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in communications or an equivalent degree. He or she will be deadline conscious, objective and able to accept constructive criticism. Send non-returnable PDFs of a cover letter, resume and samples of your work to

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A history of handwriting

THERE’S A LOT MORE TO IT than this report offers, but CNN offers this brief outline on the history of handwriting.

The report also focuses on the link between calligraphy and computers, and how some of that has come full circle.

For us word-and-visuals wonks, it’s an interesting look at how we got from…uhhh…a to z.

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Blackout poetry

NEWSPAPERS ARE BEING USED…AGAIN. But this is a bit different. Austin Keon developed the idea and has a book—Newspaper Blackout—to prove it.

It’s like writing poetry as sculpture: The words are all there but you have to blot a lot of them out to get to those that really mean something. I’ve tried it. It works! Good mental exercise for us word-and-visual people.

Take a look here.

Then give it a shot yourself. Looks easy. But we all know: Looks are deceiving.


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Readers vote…and voters read

NEWSPAPERS HAVE A CLEAR ADVANTAGE in reaching and motivating those highly likely to vote. Campaigns and advocates seeking effective advertising to reach their target audiences need look no further than the local newspaper.”

So says a recent study on voting and media habits, as reported by the Newspaper Association of America.

Here’s more:

  • Eighty-six percent of voters who cast ballots in the last local election read newspapers in print or online, with levels of engagement holding consistent among voters identifying as Republican, Democratic or Independent.
  • Newspapers and their websites consistently outscore other media for being “reliable,” “accurate” and “in-depth” about local civic and political issues.

To download a PowerPoint presentation on the full study, go here.

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Newspaper as art? Why not?

HERE’S A LOOK at how some creative minds use newspapers as art.

Nothing ground breaking here, but the video on newspaper-as-nails gets me to thinking. How about newspaper-as-pen? Or newspaper-as-mug? Or newspaper-as…well, you get the idea.

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Apple sold more devices in 2011 than all Macs in 28 years

FROM OSX DAILY comes this report:

“Growth of iOS, the mobile operating system that powers iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and Apple TV, is exploding. … The most staggering observation? Apple sold 156 million iOS devices last year alone, that is over 30 million more units shipped than all 28 years of the Macs existence, where it has sold 122 million computers. Overall, the iOS platform totals over 316 million devices sold in a few short years.”

Well, I wonder what a “short year” is. 360 days? 350?

Regardless, the sales figure is significant and it means those of us who have been Apple fans all these years need not longer feel like members of a cult. The iPad, perhaps more than any other device, has propelled iOS into the mainstream. If you fly United or American, your pilots are using iPads to get you where you are going, no longer having to lug around those huge black briefcases full of printed books and manuals and airport information.

Says the report: “The Mac and PC are ultimately over-engineered and too powerful for the average users technical needs, this helps to explain Apple’s OS X strategy and Microsofts Windows 8 concepts, the power and underlying complexity is still there, but the experience is becoming simpler.”

Interesting observations. It’ll be exciting to see what the future holds.

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Worth a la ugh

THIS CARTOON was sent to me by my friend Karen Geary in Paris, TN. I think she told me where she saw it, but I don’t recall. (Karen follows up with a comment: It was posted on Facebook by Veer).

I suspect most of you will get this. Those of you who don’t may take comfort in knowing you’re not yet typographically twisted.


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