Saturday, March 20, 2010

Book Design

A good point was brought to my attention, discussions that are not related to our work or class belong to another venue like this:

Apologies if anyone was uncomfortable.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

E-Books on NPR

I know, I know, I'm obsessed with NPR, but they cover so much! This story called, "No Ink, No Paper: What's the Value of an E-Book?" is a pretty interesting little piece on the e-book market.

"A revolution may be under way, but it is by no means complete." - Lynn Neary

It's short and sweet, but argues some interesting points about the worth of a book, and what will make readers go online.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Extending the Book: The Art of Extra-Illustration at the Folger Shakespeare Library

I honestly can't remember if a link has gone out to this yet or not (and if it has, please accept my apologies for the repeat), but FYI there's an exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library through May 25 that looks at "Grangerizing," a practice from a few centuries ago where book enthusiasts added supplementary materials to known texts to make their own editions (which sounds to me a bit like the idea brought up a few times in our classes where this sort of thing can be done digitally now, through linking and wikis and the like -- and nowadays we don't have to pillage other books to create the new compiled editions).

Admission is free; more details can be found at the Washington Post's web site or at the Folger Library site here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ethics & Bribery - Complaints against Yelp

Hi mates,

I ran across this article about some businesses teaming up with a lawsuit against Yelp. They are accusing Yelp of highlighting their negative reviews in a push to get more advertising. Because we discussed Yelp a lot last semester, and because we all have law on our minds, I thought you may find this interesting.

Yelp: Advertise or Else?


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Overrated / Underrated

The LA Times had a recent post about recent media trends (what's overrated and what's underrated), and I thought this was pertinent to our discussions:

Snap judgments and considered criticism of pop culture and beyond from the staff of The Hot List.

The iPad / Kindle wars: Now that two front-runners for the e-reader market have emerged (does anyone remember Barnes & Noble's version?), we're already tired of devotees to Apple and Amazon hotly debating which digital device is better. Calm down, you tech-minded ideologues. You both can take credit for killing the printed word, just as soon as you can convince us how this will be a good thing.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Interview with Archie Ferguson

I found a great interview with Archie Ferguson, Art Director at HarperCollins Publishers. I thought some of you might like it too.

Do you see yourself staying in publishing as the industry landscape is shifting so dramatically toward electronic media?
Certainly for now, I see myself staying in book publishing. After all is said and done, I really enjoy what I do. There will always be a market for real, bound books. The new, electronic mediums will still need some sort of "cover," if you will. Designing for books is and has always been about representing content, to a greater or lesser extent.

Check it out here: Design