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A Library Without Walls by Robert Darnton | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books
Behind the creation of the American republic was another republic, which made the Constitution thinkable. This was the Republic of Letters—an information system powered by the pen and the printing press, a realm of knowledge open to anyone who could read and write, a community of writers and readers without boundaries, police, or inequality of any kind, except that of talent. Like other men of the Enlightenment, the Founding Fathers believed that free access to knowledge was a crucial condition for a flourishing republic, and that the American republic would flourish if its citizens exercised their citizenship in the Republic of Letters.
reading  print  printing  printer  history  america  concept  library  digital  nyrb  toread  essay 
october 2010 by petrichor
Kindle and the future of reading : The New Yorker
The problem was not that the screen was in black-and-white; if it had really been black-and-white, that would have been fine. The problem was that the screen was gray. And it wasn’t just gray; it was a greenish, sickly gray. A postmortem gray. The resizable typeface, Monotype Caecilia, appeared as a darker gray. Dark gray on paler greenish gray was the palette of the Amazon Kindle.

This was what they were calling e-paper? This four-by-five window onto an overcast afternoon? Where was paper white, or paper cream? Forget RGB or CMYK. Where were sharp black letters laid out like lacquered chopsticks on a clean tablecloth?
kindle  newyorker  reading  iphone  design  book  usability  amazon  ebook  e-book  baker  bookdesign  typography  print  technology 
july 2009 by petrichor
An Auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art - The New York Times > Arts > Slide Show > Slide 3 of 8
The second highest price, £1,721, 250, went to a perfectly figural picture. Richard Prince’s “Country Nurse” in inkjet print and red paint is the enlarged interpretation of the cover design of a novel by Maud McCurdy Welch.
art  artist  painting  nytimes  gallery  Christie's  auction  RichardPrince  prince  print  pinter  bookcover  illustration  bookdesign  book 
july 2009 by petrichor
Design Observer: Richard Sheaff's Victoriana
Practitioners of artistic printing subscribed to the belief that letterpress printers could and should develop their own sophisticated styles; that they should avail themselves of artfully arranged type; and that less could not possibly be more.[...]
To contemporary viewers, much of this work appears chaotic and overblown, out of step with modern opinion. Yet the best of this work endures, reminding us that a century ago, designers privileged excess, developing a body of work that relied upon a lively orchestration of mismatched form: from brass rules to floral ornaments to a myriad of deeply ornamental typefaces, the printed examples that follow were composed by a host of artists whose collective (if anonymous) legacy lives on — a material reminder of all that was so madly, gloriously Victorian.
design  graphic  typography  history  typophile  printing  printer  printdesign  print  color  inspiration  designobserver  graphicdesign 
june 2009 by petrichor
Will Burtin: Design and Science
Was this ad always inadvertently creepy, or only in retrospect?
advertisement  design  medicine  health  history  print  Upjohn 
april 2009 by petrichor
Paul Dailing: How to Become a "Death of Newspapers" Blogger
'This computer thing,' my editor said to me one time in 1983, 'I don't get it.' And I think about that conversation a lot. It's a perfect example of how newspapers have botched everything connected to everything new ever. Granted it was one conversation with a 72-year-old man back in the era of Flock of Seagulls, but that didn't stop me from making it the title of my upcoming book, 'This Computer Thing, I Don't Get It.'
In TCTIDGI, I talk about how people will still create professional-level journalism will still exist in an environment where there's no incentive to create professional-level journalism. It'll all be done online, for free and will be better ... somehow. The best and brightest journalists will pull out all the stops for no pay, I swear.
Really, reporters don't even LIKE having health insurance.
I love the New York Times, but the 'Old Gray Lady' will fail and fail miserably. It will go bankrupt by 2, possibly 2:30 p.m. today at the latest.
newspapers  journalism  media  news  humor  internet  economy  satire  blog  howto  print 
march 2009 by petrichor
EzraKlein Archive | The American Prospect
The news business, we all agree, is an inefficient enterprise. But it has benevolent inefficiencies. Not every story in the paper maximizes readership and thus advertising revenue. The low-readership stories, however, aren't misfires. They're aimed at a different audience: Empowered elites. They make the political system aware of problems, or they alert the political system to the fact that other people are aware of problems. A story uncovering Medicare payment fraud, for instance, is not an effort to capture the largest possible readership but to force the relevant regulators to act. The intended audience is about four dozen people, and the hundreds of thousands of subscribers who don't really care about that article but nevertheless see it are the leverage forcing the four dozen to act.
newspaper  blog  web  journalism  history  health  politics  recommended  essay  future  print  policy  ezraklein  ClayShirky 
march 2009 by petrichor
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky
That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. Even the revolutionaries can’t predict what will happen. Agreements on all sides that core institutions must be protected are rendered meaningless by the very people doing the agreeing. (Luther and the Church both insisted, for years, that whatever else happened, no one was talking about a schism.) Ancient social bargains, once disrupted, can neither be mended nor quickly replaced, since any such bargain takes decades to solidify.
And so it is today. When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution . . . that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place; ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to.
essay  history  blog  technology  recommended  future  print  journalism  news  clay  shirky  Gutenberg  press  media  newspapers  business  internet  ClayShirky 
march 2009 by petrichor
FiveThirtyEight.com: Politics Done Right: Who Sits Where?
The three main factors in the shifting turf battle are (1) attrition as news organizations contract or disappear; (2) reporters working for organizations who have seats not coming regularly enough to protect their seats; and (3) the emergence of new media.

Attrition is not only inevitable, it's something the organizations plan fights over well in advance. For example, Fox News and Bloomberg will ultimately battle for a front row seat when one of those is vacated. Wire services AP and Reuters have the front row, Bloomberg is second row. NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN have the front row, Fox News is second row.
politics  blog  newspaper  print  journalism  news  press  media  television  WhiteHouse  fivethirtyeight 
march 2009 by petrichor
Design Observer: Notgeld
I would highly recommend spending time pursuing the collection of Notgeld, the German inflationary currency used after World War One. With the German economy in tatters after the war, money was virtually worthless — you needed a wheelbarrow of cash to buy a loaf of bread. Cities, towns and even businesses issued their own currency, and designs were created by (mostly) anonymous commercial artists and local printers. During the current global financial meltdown, perhaps we will again see new forms of Notgeld (emergency money) around the world. I hope not.
design  inspiration  color  history  money  printdesign  print  Germany  economy  2009  notgeld 
february 2009 by petrichor
Proto-neoclassical roman | Typophile
A few months ago, there was a lively discussion — taking off orthogonally from a discussion of Noordzij’s distinction between rule and law — regarding the origins of the English neoclassical style of type associated with John Baskerville. During this, James Mosley brought to our attention a plate from George Shelley’s Alphabets in all the hands of 1715, along with Beatrice Warde’s observation that ‘Baskerville was only the first to admit into the typefoundry a type that had been clamouring outside its door for at least half a century.’
design  history  typography  image  gallery  print  typophile  quote  alphabet  classics  BeatriceWarde 
january 2009 by petrichor
Dumbo - Brooklyn Printer Takes on a Presidential Task - NYTimes.com
ON Thursday, Dec. 11, Jim Donnelly got the call at his office on Jay Street in Dumbo for the biggest job he had ever had. Emmett Beliveau, the executive director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told him that Precise Continental, Mr. Donnelly’s 26-year-old printing company, had won the bid to produce one million gold-and-black engraved invitations for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
nytimes  nyc  newyorker  brooklyn  printing  print  obama  printer  production  union  sustainable 
december 2008 by petrichor
CR Blog » Blog Archive » A Christmas List
David Pearson: Working on the premise that the ‘classics’ are usually the books that are treasured most, we’re aiming to create a package that stands a chance of ageing as gracefully as the writing within. Owing to the arrival of eBooks, many have prophesied the death of the printed word but we see this simply as an opportunity to turn the spotlight back on the traditional methods and to luxuriate in the craft and tactility of the physical book and the printed page.
penguin  david  pearson  production  bookdesign  uk  review  publishing  printdesign  print  linocut  illustration  graphicdesign  designer  bookcovers  color  history  future  interview  graphic  design 
november 2008 by petrichor
Annals of Culture: Late Bloomers: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
Where Picasso wanted to find, not search, Cézanne said the opposite: “I seek in painting.”
writing  work  print  newyorker  inspiration  history  publishing  author  painting  picasso  cezanne  2008  gladwell 
october 2008 by petrichor
BibliOdyssey: Aggregate
Books~~Illustrations~~Science~~History~~Visual Materia Obscura~~Eclectic Bookart.
illustration  book  ink  watercolor  ephemera  print  history  science 
december 2007 by petrichor
John Maeda's Process
for designing the cover of "Key" magazine from thumbnails to the last minute client change.
concept  Cover  design  inspiration  print  graphicdesign  graphic  John  Maeda  workflow 
september 2007 by petrichor
W.H. Auden @ Swarthmore
A small selection of Auden's call slips: Freud, Dostoevsky, Joyce, Melville, Augustine, and Kierkegaard.
auden  ephemera  library  design  graphicdesign  printdesign  graphic  print  color  poetry  book 
july 2007 by petrichor
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