Category Graphic Design

Why You Shouldn’t Cut Photographers

Two sentences from Edmond Terakopian’s piece that will convince you to read it:

People never remember a great article they read months ago or a great piece of video footage from years ago. They will however remember pictures they saw decades ago.

And the science backs that up.

Illustrating the News

target=”_blank”>Great NPR piece on Maria Fabrizio and her work illustrating the news, every day.

The idea is target=”_blank”>Wordless News – graphical illustrations of the top stories of the day. These aren’t political cartoons, which is amazingly refreshing, just her attempt at creating a visual story.

(Thanks to target=”_blank”>Seth Gitner for the link.)

Why Stocks Photos Are Bad, Jazz Edition

Why should you always contract for original photography? So you don’t use a 30 year old photo of a murdered child in your ad for babysitting services at your jazz festival.

GAH.

How to Market Yourself

Second in a series by Deb Pang Davis on the National Press Photographers Association’s site on branding and marketing yourself is now online.

Love that she’s starting with the core:

While strong design helps to convey credibility, trust and professionalism, spending a boat-load of money on a logo, a swanky portfolio case or a custom book won’t get you clients unless you ground your design with a clear understanding of yourself, your brand.

Ideas That Changed Graphic Design

My book budget may be taking another hit … over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has a write-up on a book titled 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design.

And not I want it … badly …

Arresting (App) Developments

If you haven’t seen it and you’re a fan of the Arrested Development series, you have to head over to NPR’s web site to see this insane, inside-joke app they created.

Then, head over to the Poynter Institute where Andrew Beaujon has interviewed it’s creator, Adam Cole, who says it started as a bit of a hobby project.

And for all those university kids who think their science classes aren’t very helpful, I give you this excerpt:

(Cole’s) schoolwork in biology came in handy: “My undergraduate thesis was about mussel beds, so I was very used to filling out endless spreadsheets with data.”

Journalism uses everything it can to tell a story – cameras, lenses, pens and spreadsheets.

Stopping Stock

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.

New WordPress.com Photo Themes

If you are using WordPress.com to host your photo site, life just got a little better for you as they have introduced some new themes aimed at photographers. If you’re not self-hosting, this is a good option to explore.

Designing Empty

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 …

New WordPress Themes for Photograhers

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.