To back up a bit, some of you old-timers may remember the Before Times, the Mid-Oughts, when newspapers were still printed on dead trees and Twittering was something birds did in live ones. And I had this newspaper design “blog,” as the kids used to say. That was fun and people seemed to like it, so I did that for a few years. Then life happened and blogs got neglected and domain renewals fell through the cracks and some nice Japanese people moved in. And all that content went “poof!”
Well, not quite poof. It was still mouldering in various directories and databases. So I thought I’d make a run at seeing what I could recover. And lo, it was easier than I thought! A nice little plug-in that sucked an ancient Moveable Type database dump right into a shiny WordPress blog, a couple search-and-replace scripts to update some URLs and boom. The blog, she lives again. Even all your insightful comments seem to have made the trip! And the other ones, too.
I’m sure there’s plenty of wonkiness around the site. This is, after all, content from the Jurassic era of the internet. Many links to previous posts will probably still send you to the nice Japanese people. And, yes, this is a design blog in a generic WordPress template. Irony! But the words and images seem to be here, and that’s what matters, right?
The Times would not disclose the rates it charges for ads on the front page. Ordinarily, such space would be coveted by advertisers for its prominence, but it remains to be seen how well it will sell in the current climate, in which ad spending is plummeting.
NewsPageDesigner, the venerable newspaper design portfolio site, is in need of new servers and programming to redesign the site from the ground up. And they need to do it soon so they don’t lose the thousands of portfolios that are already there. And that’s going to cost $2,500.
I know there’s a whole lotta you out there who got shiny new jobs because somebody saw your portfolio on NPD. Time to pay it forward.
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