Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Overheard in the newsroom...

... is a Facebook page for just that. Its overheard comments and brief conversations are read by many who have worked in newspaper (or magazine) offices. All the usual suspects of opinions/attitudes are recognisable. And many topics centre around the uncertain future of reporting... and designing.

As for the latter, I just thought I'd share one from today:
#2656 Design Editor: “I want the font that makes people addicted to reading newspapers again.”

And some of the responses:
• people still read?
• Yeah, I think we need to bring back comic sans and prove to the world that it can save newspapers so that we can give the proverbial finger to the insufferable font police. ;-)
• It's called the Internet font.
• Design can't save papers. Good journalism must save newspapers.
• Calligraphy. In Latin. Written by monks.
• would that be the "informative reporting font"?
• I think that font is called 1976.
The New York Times has always had the most boring front page design in newspaper history, and yet it is read by everyone. Gee, I wonder why?

Hmm. Not to miss the humour (the very reason for reading "Overheard...") but just for the NYT comment, I would point out that The New York Times is designed to look that way. Hence, the award presented last October...

(And indeed, the Times' interest in reporting things such as this to its readers.)

Meanwhile, a couple of years of sitting next to the Obituaries section of The Daily Telegraph in London led to an occasional gem of the overheard.

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