Rants

Read the Fine Print

Read the Fine Print

RTFM Creative Commons licenses are a wonderful thing. Without them, I’d probably be unable to do my job, so I am extremely grateful to all who apply a CC license to their photos. All, that is, except people who mark their work with a CC license and then get huffy when someone actually uses it.

Thank you, Microsoft!

Now I will never have to buy any of your products again! The latest issue of Editorium Update has arrived, and Jack Lyon reports the following: Word 2008, for Macintosh, isn’t out yet but will be later this year: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-09MacworldPR.mspx Like Word 2007 for Windows, it will feature the Ribbon interface, with all of the […]

Day 9 of 90

Day 9 of 90

Hey, remember when your computer had a leetle teeny screen, and all your software used to run slower, and you just couldn’t get as much work done as you do now? Yeah, so try doing your multifaceted, exciting twenty-first-century job on a 12″ laptop that, despite being totally loaded when you bought it three years […]

The Other X-Acto and Wax Technique

The other day, Cathi told a tragic story about how I remember right after my newspaper moved me to a brand new building and informed me I’d have to do layout with an exacto knife and waxer again because they had no Mac for me . . . And while I’m in awe of Cathi’s skillz, I have […]

Designers vs. Illustrators (vs. Authors)

This is not really my field, as I’m not a cover designer, but the Guardian just posted a rant by an author with the teaser (sorry—there’s a proper term for this in newspaperspeak, isn’t there?), “Now that pixels have replaced pencils the art of drawing has vanished. I’m so exasperated I’m designing my own book […]

InDesign vs. Quark: 4 things

If you’ve ever sat near me while I’m working in Quark XPress, you know what a charming vocabulary I have. I !@#$% hate Quark. It’s a $&%@! buggy piece of #@&!. I may need all the glyphs in the Unicode set to type my distaste for it. But having glanced for a minute at Layers […]

"Most Designers, Through No Fault of Their Own, Are Illiterate."

Or so my class was informed by a very good copyediting instructor, who I’m sure meant no especial disrespect. On some other day, I’d like to address why an editor might get this impression, but for now I’d just like to note that apparently Princeton Architectural Press shares this unflattering view.