Snow & Graham

Long ago when I was just starting to fall in love with both letterpress printing and Chicago at the same time, I discovered Snow & Graham. *sigh* A small start-up business working out of a Northside Chicago neighborhood – complete with a great design aesthetic & lovely letterpress technique. Amazing. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find them online, but now that I have – I am so excited to read their blog and drool over the site often.

A new role for print

I just read this great thought by Pentagram about the future of print media and love it! I feel like things are finally sort of starting to come together in my head. Very exciting stuff. (Preorders for the iPad coming soon. I would be crazy to buy the first round, right? … right??)

New York Matrix

If digital magazines with rich, uncompromised, real-time content corner the market on delivering what you need to know right now, what’s the point of print? I think that the publications that end up enduring will be the ones that exploit what print alone can do. The best ones will be things that you want to save, not toss in the recycling bin. They’ll project a sense of craftsmanship and permanence. And each one should be an object that just feels terrific in your hand. If you’re spending most of your free-time holding an iPad, you just might welcome a change of pace.

2010: Year of the Media Rollar Coaster

Yikes! It change it is coming! Forbes says posted this this week: Web ads to get a 10% boost in 2010. For the first time advertisers will spend more on digital than print.

Oh, whoosh *wipes her forehead* – it goes onto say:

…As disrupting as this digital onslaught is to champions of print, the Outsell report has some surprising news for one old media category. Ad spending for magazines will rise this year by 1.9%, to $9.4 billion. That number reflects a spending boost of 4.2% for consumer titles and 1% for B2B. “Marketers are telling us they’re giving this print category some serious attention,”…

Uhh, the media roller coaster continues… Where we end up?

A big day for the future of print?

Apple Tablet?

In a few hours, the jig will be up. Apple will have unveiled its latest and greatest gadget, which is widely expected to (and better) be a tablet. For months, the tech world has been swarming over a steady stream of purported leaks, rumors, and strategically planned business moves by Apple that have pointed in a number of directions. Let’s break a few of the big ones down by quality. more here

So, here we go. Is this our new direction, folks? If nothing else, my guess is it’s a step in the direction of things. When I was wee, I wondered if my future would have all those science fiction-y, gagetity things in it. The reality is yes – it does and will.

Changes afoot.

Criteria for a Blogroll

I just added another link to my blogroll, and it got me thinking about criteria for a blogroll list. I am sure that everyone has a different strategy for their individual blogroll, but here is mine: (NOTE: of course this strategy is subject to change willy nilly, as I change my mind often. Just ask my poor furniture which gets moved around as soon as it starts to feel comfortable.)

  • I must feel compelled to read you often. Odds are good I rarely – if ever – miss reading one of your posts.
  • You probably said something at one time that I was so enamored with that you became a blog that I read so often, that I rarely miss one of your posts. I was probably thinking about you often already, but then you said something a little extra special to me.

So – that’s it. That’s the criteria. I read A LOT of blogs, as I enjoy them and can read them on my commute. (I ride the bus.) And I read them when I have a moment of downtime. And I read them when I should probably be doing other things instead sometimes.

So, my newest link I added just said this, and now he has advance to my blogroll inclusion:

Click here to download both the CS and Chicago Home articles from Leo Design’s website.  And click here to subscribe to Chicago Home + Garden (for only $9.95).  It’s a rocky time for magazines and newspapers.  Thanks to the Internet and the recession, print advertising revenue has declined rapidly.  Unfortunately, blogs, mobile content and social networking don’t kick off enough cash to fill the gap – yet.  But it’s only a matter of time before innovative new revenue models kick-starts things.  Until then, subscribing to your favorite magazines makes a BIG difference, and it’s one of the best ways you can help your favorite publication chart uncertain waters until things pick up.

Holiday Memories: Created!

Ok. In an effort to be respectful of print, I borrowed this idea for my holiday cards this year. I included not only cards, but some of my favorite post-it note ornaments to remember our tree this year, and some crafts that my son created at daycare for the season. I tied it up with one of my favorite ribbons I was gifted this year, and WHA-LA! A bundle of 2009 holiday love.