Archive for the ‘Design matters’ Category

A Magazine By Any Other Name

June 24, 2010

If a magazine is not printed on paper, is it still a magazine?

One voice in the debate touts that “a magazine must be paginated, edited, designed, date stamped, permanent, and periodic,” which rings true to me. However, I’d subtract “paginated” from that list.

Some publishers who want to go digital choose a “digital magazine” format, that looks like a traditional magazine on your screen but still has to go through the print layout/design phase before the PDF can be digitized and available to readers via a link.

I find this format less useful since the content isn’t stored in a content management system, and therefore can’t be available via simple, independent article searches. Since content can now be tagged to digital object identifiers (DOIs), much like ISSNs, the online content is as permanent as any biodegradable print form. 

Read more about this debate in So, What is a Magazine, Really? – Printing Industry News and Opinion from Print CEO.

A graphic is worth a thousand words

March 23, 2010

How could I be anything but thrilled last week when I read that Obama had appointed design guru Edward Tufte to a panel that will help explain where our stimulus money is being spent. As a long-time designer of financial graphics myself, I think it’s a giant step for anyone, let alone an administration, to recognize the importance of great design. I’ve spent years convincing writers and editors that graphics are not merely decorative additions to their stories. Graphics go hand-in-hand with a story to communicate its message. Often graphics can communicate what words can’t. After attending a Tufte seminar some years back, I quickly developed a departmental mission for my design team at a financial publishing company: help the editors tell their stories. Bravo, Obama administration.  Fast Company