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I recently came across this study extolling the virtues of print and paper in a digital world. Now I’m sure you have to take the results with a grain of salt, seeing that they come from a group called Two Sides, “a global initiative by companies from the graphic communications industry including forestry, pulp, paper,…

Print and Paper

imageI recently came across this study extolling the virtues of print and paper in a digital world. Now I’m sure you have to take the results with a grain of salt, seeing that they come from a group called Two Sides, “a global initiative by companies from the graphic communications industry including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, finishing, publishing, printing, envelopes and postal operators.”

Nevertheless, I agree that there is a place for paper in the digital world. The study, conducted last June, drew from polling data gathered from ten countries: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Overall, the survey found that consumers prefer reading in print. In the U.S., readers preferred printed magazines (66 percent), books (62 percent) and even newspapers (61 percent). The survey also found that consumers trust print to privide an environment that allows for deeper understanding of the subject matter. The data also provide trends about online advertising as well as the impact of global digital consumption on health.

Some interesting data quoted directly from the study results:

* The amount of time that consumers spend looking at screens is concerning to them, especially for the youngest age group. 54% believe they spend too much time on electronic devices (65% for 18-24 year olds) and 53% are concerned the overuse of electronic devices could be damaging to their health (62 percent of 18-24 year olds). 36 percent feel they are suffering from “digital overload” (47 percent of 18-24 year olds).

* 74 percent indicated that fake news is a worrying trend: 56% trust the news stories they read in printed newspapers, and only 35% trust the news stories they read on social media.

* 73 percent feel that reading a printed book or magazine is more enjoyable than reading them on an electronic device, followed by newspapers at 65 percent.

Posted by Joel on May 02 2018 • Multimedia

Field Notes

Notebooks are making a comeback; there’s something to be said about pen and paper. I prefer Moleskine notebooks, but Field Notes makes an array of notebooks as well. These (from a collection called National Crop Edition) draw their inspiration from promotional notebooks given to American farmers over the past 100 years from seed, tractor, and other agricultural companies. Pretty cool.

Posted by Joel on May 07 2017 • Multimedia


This is pretty cool. It’s called Starfield. It’s an art installation by the French art collective Lab212. “It involves a swing, the projection of a star field in front of it and a Microsoft Kinect.” Participants can swing over scenes from the earth, Saturn’s rings, a black hole or other constellations.

Posted by Joel on December 04 2016 • Multimedia

Wisdom and Storytelling in the Age of Information

Enjoy this great video from Maria at Brian Pickings called Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Age of Storytelling. In it she explores a subject near to her heart: “the question of how we can cultivate true wisdom in the age of information and why great storytellers matter more than ever in helping us make sense of an increasingly complex world.” If you haven’t already, I would also bookmark her blog and make it a part of your regular reading.

Posted by Joel on August 21 2016 • Multimedia

Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell has a podcast; it’s called Revisionist History. His style of storytelling lends itself to the podcast platform very well. The ten-week show will take a creative look at the past. ““Every week, I’m going to take you back into the past,” says Glad well in this video introduction, “to examine something that I think has been overlooked and misunderstood.” I can’t wait to hear it. The first episode is available now.

Posted by Joel on June 18 2016 • Multimedia


I really wish Ludovico Einaudi would tour the United States. I first began to enjoy his music just a few years ago, when I first heard his previous work, In a Time Lapse, which is wonderful. Now his current release, Elements, is getting constant play on my iPhone. Whether you are a fan of classical, or jazz, or just good music, and you haven’t heard him before, give it a try. In fact, I will bet you have heard his music without realizing it. Einaudi’s work is featured on many film soundtracks. Here is how Ludovico describes his latest work:

Posted by Joel on March 23 2016 • Multimedia

Like a Puppet Show

Courtesy of Open Culture. Hear John Malkovich read from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” to music mixed by Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Rick Ocasek, OMD and others.

Posted by Joel on March 20 2016 • Multimedia

Falling Water

Enjoy this great animated tour of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest creations: Falling Water. Courtesy of Open Culture.

Posted by Joel on March 04 2016 • Multimedia

The History of Cartography


Called the “most ambitious overview of map making ever undertaken,” by Edward Rothstein in the New York Times, The History of Cartography, published by the University of Chicago, is now available free online. The first three volumes can be found here. “People come to know the world the way they come to map it—through their perceptions of how its elements are connected and of how they should move among them,” wrote Rothstein. “This is precisely what the series is attempting by situating the map at the heart of cultural life and revealing its relationship to society, science, and religion.”

From the University of Chicago site: “The first volume of the History of Cartography was published in 1987 and the three books that constitute Volume Two appeared over the following eleven years. In 1987 the worldwide web did not exist, and since 1998 book publishing has gone through a revolution in the production and dissemination of work. Although the large format and high quality image reproduction of the printed books (see right column) are still well-suited to the requirements for the publishing of maps, the online availability of material is a boon to scholars and map enthusiasts.”

Posted by Joel on October 04 2015 • Multimedia

Recently: Your Life as a Monthly Magazine

imageLove magazines? Like to see your life’s experiences in their pages every month? This recent article about a new app called Recently captured my attention.

It’s simple. For a simple monthly fee of $8.99, you can upload a set of your recent photos and have them printed and delivered in a monthly magazine. Davie Pierini writes in Cult of Mac, “There are a number of apps that offer analog products to encourage iPhone photographers to archive their cherished photos before a thief or a hard drive crash wipes out those memories. Many of the apps focus on print services or allow users to design simple photo books.”

Pierini quotes a recent review as well:

“In a world that has slipped all too quickly into a digital world, it excites me to see a concept like this one,” photographer Kevin Dotson wrote in a customer review on Recently’s iTunes page. “I’m an old-school photographer who still likes to actually pick up a photo book with his hands. This app is PERFECT for my desires and needs.”

An app such as this may bring my love of magazines and personal photos together in quite a unique fashion.

Posted by Joel on September 11 2015 • Multimedia