Monthly Archives: February 2012

When the Chevy was “cool”

BILLBOARDS IN DETROIT are reminding drivers what it was like to be “cool.” That was about 50 years ago. But some of us remember the design statements that Chevrolet made with its cars back then. I was a bit younger then…I think they called us teen-agers.

I thought the ’55 Chevy was cool, the ’56 was OK (but I loved the gas cap hidden in the left rear tail light!). All my buddies loved the ’57 but I thought it was a style ripoff from the ’56 Plymouth. The ’58? Drool! The ’59…I wasn’t turned on by the gull wings. And after that? Well…I think I became more interested in other curves.

Still, these cars did make a design statement. And the billboards are striking. Even the writing is, well…”cool.”

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Looking for a designer

CRACKERJACK NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE page designer needed for a growing media company in Virginia’s fastest-growing city. We publish community newspapers, magazines and websites in a highly competitive market. Full-time position with benefits. Nights and weekends required.

Send resume and work samples to Steve Stewart at

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Art as people as flowers

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you looked at a photo, exhaled slowly, and said: “wow?” Not a loud “wow,” but a deep, lingering I’ve-never-seen-anything-like-that-before “wow?”

Get ready for that “wow.”

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Your new computer: A smartphone?

STILL THINK THAT FLIP PHONE you bought five years ago is all you need? Wrong!

My father-in-law had a saying I loved: “You standin’ still, you backin’ up.”

And if you haven’t got a smartphone? You. Are. Backin’. Up!

Now comes this study that claims that the world now buys more smartphones than computers.

That’s right: more smartphones than computers.

Maybe it’s time to trade Ol’ Flip in for a newer model.

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Makin’ it better

I’M NOT REALLY SURE we can think of ourselves as news designers without having a strong respect and love for typography. After, all, type is about 80 percent of what we do!

So when I come across a little piece of fun-typography-in-motion, part of the fun is sharing it with you!


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Foto fixing fotog fired

A RECENT POLL here drew a number of comments about what’s acceptable practice when retouching photos. We later reported on the surprising results…and further comments.

Now comes this story of a Sacramento Bee photographer being fired after manipulating multiple photos.

Seems to me there’s some room for manipulation in feature or posed shots, but not spot news photos. And, yes, I understand and appreciate the arguments about the “slippery slope.”

I think I, too, would have fired the guy.

What do you think?

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Kubrick the photojournalist

STANLEY KUBRICK is famous as a director of some of Hollywood’s more memorable and controversial films.

Among them: 2001: A Space Odyssey. A Clockwork Orange. Dr. Strangelove. Eyes Wide Shut. The Shining. Full Metal Jacket. Spartacus.

And one of my favorites: Paths of Glory.

But what many don’t know is that Kubrick was an accomplished photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago for a photo shoot. Here are some of Kubrick’s photos from that assignment.

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