This has been a pet peeve of mine for years so I’m thankful that Jeff Sonderman at Poynter is taking a look at the use of stock photographs on news web sites. They are misleading to the viewers, essentially visual lies – would you ever use a stock story to go along with an actual photograph?
Seems absurd, doesn’t it?
So, if your CMS or design standards require you to have a visual, how about a simple map? I can’t tell you how badly I want my local publications to use maps so I can see where something happened. Since I don’t spend all my time driving around anymore, there are lots of street names I don’t recognize – why not give me a quickie locator? It’s not hard and it adds a lot more information than a generic, stock image.
For the graphic designers … nice piece by Craig Dennis on how to design for empty space in apps.
Reminded of a luddite friend in high school, when CDs were coming of age, who mocked me for making the switch so I could hear more silence between the songs …
WordPress.com has launched a new series of themes aimed at photographers. If you're not self-hosting your photo portfolio, this just became a better option for you.
I will admit, there’s a typography geek inside of me. When I see some great kerning, it makes me smile … and so did this set of Helvetica letters colored like superheroes designed by René Mambembé.
I may need to order a Magneto and Oddjob …
The New York Times has one of the most amazing infographics up I’ve ever seen comparing the speeds of more than 100 Olympic 100 meter races.
This? THIS IS WHY THE INTERNET ROCKS. There’s no way to do that on a printed page. Hats off to Kevin Quealy and Graham Roberts.
(And “infografing” is totally a word. Now.)
Over at the NPPA Visual Student blog, Brian McDermott has posted the last of a three part series on Designing a Better Portfolio Website.
So … why are you still here? Go read, then build that site. You have lots of time right now …
And not just some little mylar thing, a big, red, helium filled balloon that carries a camera on an intravalometer.
Why? Because my next big hobby could be grassroots mapping. It’s a process that lets you map an area on your own.
Because I, in my mind, apparently have too much time on my hands …