Compact Communication

A little off topic, but Roy Peter Clark has a piece up on what we can learn from 1954 Don Zimmmer’s baseball card.

Even with all this information – words and numbers – there is room for not just one but two captioned illustrations, a lovely blend of language and visuals. Under the logo “Inside Baseball,” we learn that “Don led the Pony League with 23 Home Runs at Hornell in 1950.” But the lower right panel provides the payoff: “He and Miss Jean Bauerle were married at home plate in Elmira, N.Y., August 16, 1951.”

Click through and look at the illustrations – they fill their space and are very well controlled. Same things we look for in our photographs, right?

Mark E. Johnson

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