Soft vs. Hard

THE VERY dry public editor of The New York Times, Byron Calame, asks the question, Can ‘Magazines’ of The Times Subsidize News Coverage?

Ad it up!

WHEN I started in newspaper business, one of the first things I learned was that advertising and editorial content don't mix. The basic logic was this: We sell ads, news cannot be bought, so we make a clear (and boring) distinction between the two things. For me it has always been disingenuous. Somewhere along the way the practice became a convention: placing ads in stacked blocks and separating them from editorial content with a 5-point rule would make it crystal clear to the reader what's being sold and what is not. We can argue about the pros and cons of this convention. But that's not my point today.

The view out the side windows
is getting a bit blurry

TIME keeps moving faster, not only for us aging Boomers, although maybe faster for us than even the old people. It seems like just yesterday we had the Font Wars, with Warnock crying on the stage at Seybold.

Modern and austere:
The next generation of newspaper typography?

SEVENTY-FIVE years after the development of Times Roman, there is a boomlet of new typefaces for newspapers. It seems that nowadays you can hardly redesign a paper without one. Custom fonts got going again in magazines in the early 90s, with Rolling Stone in 1977, and picked up steam with the advent of desktop publishing. Newspapers, lagged a few years behind, but by the mid-90s new typefaces were made for specific papers.

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