Dylan just sent me this from L’Oignon: Magazine Editor Undergoes Sleek New Redesign. NEW YORK—Melissa Williams, editor-in-chief of Urbis magazine, launched a long-anticipated redesign of herself Friday. . . . Early feedback has been generally positive, but critics of Williams’ new style and format have called her “distracting for all the wrong reasons,” “far too […]

Borat? Is that you?

I apologize for being so. incredibly. boring. the last few weeks (or in general, esp. if you’re also subjected to me in nonblog contexts), but I must pop my head up out of the burrow for this: on my stats page, today, two visits from Kazakhstan?!? Are you kidding me? This is even better […]

Alternate Facts about book design, topography typography, and printing

While searching for something completely different (isn’t that always the best way to find things?), I just stumbled across this hilarious three-year-old post by Teresa Nielsen Hayden at Making Light: Interesting misinformation. They call themselves Back Yard Publisher, but I prefer the page’s title tag: Publishing Your Manuescript. Their motto is good, too: Remember! There’s […]


Sorry for the lack of posts this week. You know how I was procrastinating for a while? Yeah, well, sometimes fake deadlines turn into real ones. I’ll be copyediting and typesetting interviews all this week. In the meantime, you can develop a sympathetic editorial cramp by contributing to the e-book booty-creation process over at Distributed […]

Lorem Oopsum

Okay, this is not about a printed thing, and it’ll probably be fixed by the end of the day, but my fellow Peghead Daniel Radosh points out some dummy copy that made it onto the Star‘s Web site. It could happen to any one of us. As I’ve mentioned, I prefer to design layouts from […]


I’ve been doing this book thing for a long, long time. Here’s the proof: How to Care for a Guinea Pig. Some of the advice in this book is, um, dubious, but overall it’s a pretty thorough catalogue of everything I knew about guinea pigs when I was nine. Albino Guinea Pigs have white fur […]

From the Onion

Résumé Font Offends Employer More typography reportage from the Onion: Alpha-Bits Now Available In Serif Font (July 14, 2004) Helvetica Bold Oblique Sweeps Fontys (August 29, 2001) Corporation’s New Logo Changes Everything (September 8, 1999) Area Client Would Like A Different Font (July 29, 1998) Ünited Stätes Toughens Image With Umlauts (April 30, 1997) Fontly […]