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The History of Typography

Humans of New York

Growing up

“Where’d you grow up?”
“We’re growing up right now.”

NYC street photographer Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York is the best photo weblog I’ve found in quite a while. I always feel a little better about the human race when I check out his posts.

Photo above was actually taken on the streets of Cambridge, MA. I assume Stanton is around Boston this week to document the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Teaching to See

Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See from Edward Tufte on Vimeo.

Master teacher Inge Druckrey on teaching design students to see. Heavy emphasis on type and design.

Do Not Adjust Your Set

West wing amazon screenshot

Via streaming. Thanks.

Unfortunate Adwords

Google should consider suspending its automated Adwords service during times when the media is covering mass tragedies. Here’s a screenshot from a Chicago Trib story on the Newtown shootings that I just opened.

Google adwords

Maybe someone at the Trib noticed it, since reloading the page brings up a cellphone ad.

Out Now

Consider this excellent holiday gift for your family, close friends, small relatives, and students. Only $40 in softcover. Think of the smiles on their faces when they unwrap this—priceless!

Seriously, though, I’ve edited more than a couple of collections in my career and this text if far and away the one I’m proudest of. Thanks to my co-editor, Stuart Selber; the great contributors we had (listed below); and David Morrow and the rest of the staff at U of Chicago Press.

Solving problems

And check out the list of Table of Contents:

0 “Introduction” Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber

Part 1: Mapping the Field

1 “What Are the Boundaries, Artifacts, and Identities of Technical Communication?” Richard J. Selfe and Cynthia L. Selfe

2 “What Are the Work Patterns of Technical Communication?” William Hart-Davidson

3 “How Can Technical Communicators Fit into Contemporary Organizations?” Jim Henry

4 “How Can Technical Communicators Develop as Both Students and Professionals?” Kelli Cargile Cook, Emily Cook, Ben Minson, and Stephanie Wilson

Part 2: Situating the Field

5 “How Can Rhetoric Theory Inform the Practice of Technical Communication?” James E. Porter

6 “How Can Work Tools Shape and Organize Technical Communication?” Jason Swarts

7 What Can History Teach Us about Technical Communication? Bernadette Longo and T. Kenny Fountain

8 “What Is the Future of Technical Communication?” Brad Mehlenbacher

Part 3: Understanding Field Approaches

9 “How Can Technical Communicators Work in an Ethical and Legal Manner?” J. Blake Scott

10 “How Can Technical Communicators Plan for Users? Antonio Ceraso
11 How Can Technical Communicators Study Work Contexts?” Clay Spinuzzi

12 “How Can Technical Communicators Evaluate the Usability of Artifacts?” Barbara Mirel

13 “How Can Technical Communicators Manage Projects?” R. Stanley Dicks

Part 4: Developing Field Knowledge

14 “What Do Technical Communicators Need to Know about Genre?” Brent Henze

15 “What Do Technical Communicators Need to Know about Writing?” Ann M. Blakeslee and Gerald J. Savage

16 “What Do Technical Communicators Need to Know about Information Design?” Karen Schriver

17 “What Do Technical Communicators Need to Know about New Media?” Anne Frances Wysocki

18 “What Do Technical Communicators Need to Know about Collaboration?” Rebecca E. Burnett, L. Andrew Cooper, and Candice A. Welhausen

19 “What Do Technical Communicators Need to Know about International Environments?” Kirk St. Amant

List of Contributors


Anyone who receives this bill…


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Terrorism as Art

The Verge has an excellent article (including the interview about along with more text and images) on Survival Research Lab’s Mark Pauline.

The operatic scale and pyrotechnic intensity invites comparisons to Dante, Bosch, Cronenberg, Grand Guignol, Gotterdammerung, and Mad Max. “It’s as if several junkyards’ worth of our refuse had risen up to let out an immense collective scream,” wrote The Boston Globe’s Leighton Klein. With titles such as “An Explosion of Ungovernable Rage” and “Ghostly Scenes of Infernal Desecration” and “Further Explorations in Lethal Experimentation” and “A Calculated Forecast of Ultimate Doom: Sickening Episodes of Widespread Devastation Accompanied by Sensations of Pleasurable Excitement,” the shows — over 50 thus far, from San Francisco to Copenhagen to Tokyo — don’t so much confront audiences as assault them. The machines deliver a message: despite your safety, there are indeed things in this world that can kill you.



Someone finally admits that no one reads End-User License Agreements anyway.

The Art of Glitch

[via Laughing Squid]

MTV Turns 31

I missed it, but MTV turned 31 on Wednesday. Mental Floss has coverage, plus the first video aired, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.

Ironic, given that over the ensuing 31 years, MTV killed music videos.

Random Fact: In my first year of college at Michigan Tech, the lead stoner on our floor, a guy named Snark, played us a cassette recording of “Video Killed the Radio Star” and had us convinced for several days that his band had recorded the song.)

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