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Print, City and the Blogs | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Print, City and the Blogs

print, city and the blogs

While I don’t think the above quote “Print is never messy. The city and blogs are.” is 100% accurate, it does make me feel a bit better about the nature of the publishing machine that is the blog. Last night I was having a couple drinks w/ a friend when we started talking about magazines and blogs. She mentioned that one of the blessings and curses of magazines is that they take months to develop so there’s actual time to construct out a well thought argument, where as for me I wake up, have some coffee, hit some keys mentioning something and then press the publish button – all in about an hour. And then I move on to the next thing in a timely manner. With magazines it’s really hard now to be cutting edge. What’s interesting now is not what was interesting when the issue first was being conceived.

I found the above quote from the email newsletter of www.tropolism.com. They make an interesting argument talking about the NYT’s review of Frank Gehry’s addition/reorganization of the Art Gallery of Ontario is not really being served well w/ the photos accompanying the review. In the article it mentions how the building is integrated in the surrounding urban environment, however none of the photos show that suggests Tropolism. Part of the problem was that some images were supplied by the architect while others were taken before the article had been fully developed. Why not have the writer or photographer go back to fill in the areas where the images can actually illustrate what he’s talking about? In the end online editions of the old print medium will constrain themselves b/c they’re not messy, like the city and the blogs out there.

It doesn’t look like tropolism has a link to that text that was in the email, however if it does go online I’ll include the link…

Photo came from Jody Sugrue’s iphone in Toronto, type set over image by moi…

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  • caren litherland

    Michael Rosenblum touched on some of these issues in the CSPAN Q & A thing. He was at the NYT when nytimes.com launched and tells a funny story about how [former executive editor] Joe Lelyveld came out and told them that nothing could go on the site unless it had been printed in the paper first. (!)

    transcript

  • http://tessdoucet.wordpress.com Tess

    Great visual, Michael! Ain't the messiness half the fun, though? And if you get your printer/plugin stuff setup right you can have your online, and eat it offline too!

    Here's what I found in terms of how-to.
    http://tessdoucet.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/onli

    From sunny autumn Amsterdam,

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