Print and Digital Meet: Content + Design

Print and Digital Meet: Content + Design Print is dead? Digital Media to the rescue? Not so fast. Both are here to stay — but need to interact. And any design must follow its content.

Links, articles, blog posts, discussions, visuals, infographics and tidbits to bridge the gap between print and digital and explain the changes happening on both media platforms.

Mission: Print Media hold value. Digital Media add value. Content is key and the design must follow. This is not an either/or situation, and this page and my digital service company Content + Design LLC try to bridge the gap.

How We Get To Next
10/05/2018
How We Get To Next

How We Get To Next

In 1969, the Apollo mission used a pocket-sized computer to get to the moon—and there's a direct line between that and your iPhone.

Aerogramme Writers' Studio
07/29/2018

Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Writers, journalists and editors have always known this. We have tried to supply you with good content. You’re welcome...
07/23/2018
The Next Web

Writers, journalists and editors have always known this. We have tried to supply you with good content. You’re welcome.

Data shows people want serious long-form content and brands need to take note

15 Writers on Writing
07/22/2018
15 Writers on Writing

15 Writers on Writing

Whether you’re writing the next War and Peace or just trying to think up the Next Great Tweet, here are a few writers’ quotes on writing to get you through it:

Old Media explained, 1927:http://www.openculture.com/2018/04/how-to-use-the-rotary-dial-phone-a-primer-from-1927.html?ut...
07/12/2018
How to Use the Rotary Dial Phone: A Primer from 1927

Old Media explained, 1927:
http://www.openculture.com/2018/04/how-to-use-the-rotary-dial-phone-a-primer-from-1927.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OpenCulture+%28Open+Culture%29

Most every piece of technology, no matter how simple, comes with a user manual of some sort. Even the seemingly straightforward rotary dial phone. Although Alexander Graham Bell patented the first telephone in 1876, the first rotary dial phones didn't make their way into American homes until 1919.

How We Get To Next
06/12/2018
How We Get To Next

How We Get To Next

To focus on how smartphones might be “rewiring kids’ brains” is missing a bigger point. We should think less about changing brains and more about whether we can trust the devices that are doing the changing.

If you think you're having a bad day, picture being the editor who has just received this manuscript revised by James Jo...
06/06/2018

If you think you're having a bad day, picture being the editor who has just received this manuscript revised by James Joyce. Via Strange Company

Do you work at or head a non-profit? Please take my short survey about designing websites for non-profits to help assess...
05/30/2018
Building the Perfect Non-Profit Website

Do you work at or head a non-profit? Please take my short survey about designing websites for non-profits to help assess their needs. It will help me fine tune the WP dev services I can provide for my nonprofit clients at my newly launched company. You do not have to provide your name. Thank you!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1jHj7eXbVr2-icvg5T3u-MrqX7UXSYrQ09lXrmgmQV6p2Bg/viewform?c=0&w=1

I'd appreciate five minutes of your time to answer a brief confidential market research survey about 1) what you expect from redesigning or building your website 2) or your experience developing your existing website What are/were your top concerns in building your organization's website? What would...

Please visit my new company website, Content + Design LLC: content strategy, web development and site maintenance for no...
05/29/2018
Tekla Szymanski | Content + Design LLC

Please visit my new company website, Content + Design LLC: content strategy, web development and site maintenance for nonprofits and personal brands, who have a mission to share or a story to tell. Building websites around your unique content needs. Print and Digital meet.
https://www.tekla-szymanski.com/

Content + Design LLC provides content strategy, WordPress development, site maintenance for nonprofits and personal brands. Building websites around your content needs.

A Brief History of Screen Panic, From TVs to Today
03/27/2018
A Brief History of Screen Panic, From TVs to Today

A Brief History of Screen Panic, From TVs to Today

For as long as we've had screens, people have worried whether too much screen time would make kids less healthy, more violent, and hopelessly distracted.

03/22/2018
Home

PrintingFilms.com is a collection of vintage films that showcase the technologies and processes of printing, journalism, and typography. If you have 16mm, 8mm, or VHS copies of printing-related films that have not been digitized they may be able to help.

http://printingfilms.com/#preserving-the-visual-history-of-the-printed-word

PrintingFilms.com is a collection of vintage films that showcase the technologies and processes of printing, journalism, and typography. It was established by Doug Wilson in 2012 after his work as director of Linotype: The Film.

"Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social: Online isn't quite news but a never-ending stream of commentary. On social net...
03/22/2018
For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.

"Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social: Online isn't quite news but a never-ending stream of commentary. On social networks, every news story comes to you predigested. Print is older — but uses the facts" | For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/technology/two-months-news-newspapers.html

I'd say: use all outlets, but measured! Get the facts from well-researched print sources (who will be the sources primarily shared on social media anyway), then dig deeper with online updates and grass root reporting. However, if you want to satisfy your inner cognitive dissonance, there's always social media...

Our tech columnist tried to skip digital news for a while. His old-school experiment led to three main conclusions.

"Facebook doesn’t tell the stories. Someone else does that. The dumb pipes are of little value without those Someones,...
01/18/2018
Facebook killing news is the best thing that ever happened to news

"Facebook doesn’t tell the stories. Someone else does that. The dumb pipes are of little value without those Someones, and Facebook knows it, or it will. Facebook can’t thrive the way it has without the stories that publishers and creators put into it. [It] has retreated into safe, light, emotional, 'personal' content. It will serve you the sappy, the heartfelt, the friends and family crosstalk — but it will downplay bad news. Real news. Fake news. Partisan news. Publisher’s stories. Journalist’s stories." (The Outline)

https://theoutline.com/post/2936/facebook-news-feed-changes-are-actually-good-for-news

The end of the beginning. Finally!

12/04/2017
On the Media

On the Media

The FCC got nearly 22 million public comments about their order to end net neutrality. Massive growth in civic engagement, or...a swarm of bots? @OTMBrooke talks to @issielapowsky about chaos in our public comment system.

"Less—and less substantial—coverage of local elections has a deleterious impact on political participation and knowl...
11/30/2017
Don’t Stop the Presses! When Local News Struggles, Democracy Withers

"Less—and less substantial—coverage of local elections has a deleterious impact on political participation and knowledge. The results suggest this holds true across the spectrum of political knowledge, even for news junkies. [These] are damning consequences for civic engagement. [We're] moving further away from full democratic participation and accountability."
https://www.wired.com/story/dont-stop-the-presses-why-big-tech-should-subsidize-real-journalism/

The sad story of the East Bay Times exemplifies how the decline of community journalism erodes civic engagement.

"As much as we might fantasize about it, we probably won’t delete our social media accounts and toss our phones in the...
11/21/2017
Opinion | Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

"As much as we might fantasize about it, we probably won’t delete our social media accounts and toss our phones in the nearest body of water. What we can do is to restore some sense of balance over our relationship with digital technology, and the best way to do that is with analog: the ying to digital’s yang."
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/opinion/sunday/internet-digital-technology-return-to-analog.html

But real books, records and brick and mortar stores will take us back with open arms.

Halt and Catch Fire. Loved that show. "Computers were and are nothing more than tools, boxes of beautiful ideas that are...
10/24/2017
The Radical Message of 'Halt and Catch Fire'

Halt and Catch Fire. Loved that show. "Computers were and are nothing more than tools, boxes of beautiful ideas that are only as valuable as they are human—ones whose connections can destroy us as easily as they can draw us together, if we are not careful. But at their best, they can connect us with the thing that really matters: the people who will stand with us on the precipice of our lives, gazing down at the chasm of the next challenge, and hold our hands as we jump into the unknown."
https://www.wired.com/story/halt-and-catch-fire-finale-message/

It wasn't about the power of technology, it was about how that power was wielded.

"Subscription streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify have conditioned young people to be more willing to pay ...
10/24/2017
Young subscribers flock to old media

"Subscription streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify have conditioned young people to be more willing to pay for quality content. The second is Trump. According to the Reuters Institute report, which surveyed more than 70,000 people in 36 countries and was published last summer, the United States was the only country studied that over the last year saw a major increase in the proportion of people who paid for online news, jumping from 9 percent in 2016 to 16 percent in 2017—and millennials were a big part of the reason."
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/21/millennials-trump-paying-for-news-244001

Shunning Trump, the millennial generation does what it once resisted: pay for news.

"Print and its squiggly cousin cursive are making a comeback in some US schools after scientific studies have proven the...
07/26/2017
Keyboards are overrated. Cursive is back and it's making us smarter

"Print and its squiggly cousin cursive are making a comeback in some US schools after scientific studies have proven their cognitive utility and because parents are clamoring for the preservation of the practical skill."

https://qz.com/1037057/keyboards-are-overrated-cursive-is-back-and-its-making-us-smarter/

Louisiana grade-school students will resume penmanship study this fall, and there are reasons why you too should consider it.

"...[A] physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reas...
10/17/2016
Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

"...[A] physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is. Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath resistant, solar operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them."

“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”

According to a Pew Research Center study, when it comes to the relative time consumers spend with content, long-form jou...
09/14/2016
Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our Mobile News World

According to a Pew Research Center study, when it comes to the relative time consumers spend with content, long-form journalism does have a place in today’s mobile-centric society.

On cellphones, longer news stories get about twice the engaged time from readers as shorter pieces do. They also get roughly the same number of...

Timeline Photos
09/09/2016

Timeline Photos

"One day many decades hence, when your grandchildren ask you, “Grandma, what was a newspaper?” you can direct them b...
09/06/2016
Yes, the News Can Survive the Newspaper

"One day many decades hence, when your grandchildren ask you, “Grandma, what was a newspaper?” you can direct them back to Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Because it may well go down as the day the American newspaper as we’ve known it moved out of intensive care and into the palliative wing on its way to the Great Beyond. [...] The newspaper, as we’ve always known it, is dying. There will be a lot less to mourn, and even something to celebrate, if we come to find that it has an everlasting soul that lives on."

As newspapers fade from the scene, there has been no certainty that the best services that newspapers provide would live on.

Do you work at or head a non-profit? Please take my short survey about designing websites for non-profits. https://goo.g...
09/02/2016
Building the Perfect Non-Profit Website

Do you work at or head a non-profit? Please take my short survey about designing websites for non-profits. https://goo.gl/forms/BX4BhEvYfAQSk7y62

Imagine you had to hire someone to redesign or build a website for your non-profit organization. What would be your top concerns and what would make the process as painless for you as possible? Thank you for your input! Your answer will assist me in bringing the most value to my non-profits clients....

You might not like everything that John Oliver had to say about print media's demise and their attempt of "content" prom...
08/09/2016
How not to respond to John Oliver’s ode to local newspapers

You might not like everything that John Oliver had to say about print media's demise and their attempt of "content" promotion, but he has a point: Without mainstream publishing and investigative reporting, who would new media and Broadcast and Cable TV quote? Zuckerberg?

The head of a newspaper trade group didn’t get the joke, or the point.

06/30/2016

"Among the many worlds that man did not receive as a gift from nature but created out of his own mind, the world of books is the greatest… Without the word, without the writing of books, there is no history, there is no concept of humanity. And if anyone wants to try to enclose in a small space, in a single house or a single room, the history of the human spirit and to make it his own, he can only do this in the form of a collection of books." (Hermann Hesse)

See, been there done that. Let's stop pretending we constantly reinvent the wheel. "Emoticons made a discreet entrance, ...
06/30/2016

See, been there done that. Let's stop pretending we constantly reinvent the wheel. "Emoticons made a discreet entrance, arriving in print for the first time in this March 30, 1881 issue of Puck. The small item in the middle of this page gives four examples of ‘typographical art’ — joy, melancholy, indifference, and astonishment."

The experience of taking the subway in New York hasn’t changed much since Francis Luis Mora, a Uruguayan-born illustra...
06/24/2016
Reading the newspaper on the subway in 1914

The experience of taking the subway in New York hasn’t changed much since Francis Luis Mora, a Uruguayan-born illustrator and instructor at William Merritt Chase‘s School of Art, painted “Evening News—Subway Riders” in 1914.

Rather than hiding behind newspapers, subway riders stare into tablets and smartphones. But other than that, not much has changed since 1914.

"content that was that communications and everything that makes on a person what they’re are also to be in the Interne...
06/12/2016
A Computer Tried (and Failed) to Write This Article

"content that was that communications and everything that makes on a person what they’re are also to be in the Internet in the fact about it is that models are technologication of the same that its also from the most computer.” Confused? Read on.

For now, machine journalists should probably stick to box scores and basic weather reports.

Walking Library, London, 1930
06/12/2016

Walking Library, London, 1930

06/12/2016

"Among the many worlds that man did not receive as a gift from nature but created out of his own mind, the world of books is the greatest… Without the word, without the writing of books, there is no history, there is no concept of humanity. And if anyone wants to try to enclose in a small space, in a single house or a single room, the history of the human spirit and to make it his own, he can only do this in the form of a collection of books. (Hermann Hesse, 1962)

Timeline Photos
05/30/2016

Timeline Photos

Surprise! "Many of the popular digital news and entertainment newcomers like BuzzFeed, Fullscreen and Vice are backed or...
05/30/2016
New Media Shares Old Media's Roof

Surprise! "Many of the popular digital news and entertainment newcomers like BuzzFeed, Fullscreen and Vice are backed or owned by some of the media dinosaurs they're trying to usurp."

Intertwined relationships carry both benefits and risks.

U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers. Lawmakers push US agencies to re...
05/27/2016
U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers. Lawmakers push US agencies to replace outdated IT systems. I want one of those.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3075284/hardware/us-government-agencies-are-still-using-windows-31-floppy-disks-and-1970s-computers.html

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.

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This page, Print and Digital Meet, was launched by Tekla Szymanski, founder of Content + Design LLC, a one-stop-shop for content strategy, web development and website maintenance for nonprofits and personal brands. You have have a story to tell or a mission to promote and your content matters. This page is meant as a forum and research tool on the changes in media in general, by promoting the need to bridge the gap between print and online to get better content that leads to better communications, no matter the platform or the design.

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