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Friday Update

It appears a little clarity is needed: the book cover posted previously was an experiment, both in design, and to test reaction on a number of levels, though we have had ideas for such a book on the table for quite a while (any interested publishers should drop us a line — we’ll do lunch).

The new agency, to be unveiled soon, will be self-publishing a series of PDF’s, of various lengths and topics. The first is nearing completion, and will be published early next week. More details will emerge soon (regarding both the publishing and the new agency), but rest assured the PDF series will be well designed :-)

Also on the list today: Listamatic, Russ Weakley’s terrific collection of clean CSS list styles, has a new addition. The navigation currently used on this site (as of the 2003 redesign) is now available via Listamatic, in an easy to re-use distilled format.

And keep your eyes on Dave Shea’s upcoming entry into the market, Bright Creative — I’ll place the first bet that his will be an agency to watch for quite a while.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Friday, January 30th, 2004.


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4 comments on “Friday Update”

  1. Posted by Andrew on Saturday, January 31st, 2004.

    Maybe I’ll become a publisher to publish your book. Then I might be able to snag an early copy of it. :)

  2. Posted by Scrivs on Sunday, February 1st, 2004.

    So there is no book? :( Man that was a pretty good trick you pulled on me guys. What am I supposed to read now? Guess I will have to write my own book then…

  3. Posted by Joe Clark on Sunday, February 1st, 2004.

    Tagged accessible PDFs, please. InDesign can output them semi-automatically.

  4. Posted by Didier Hilhorst on Sunday, February 1st, 2004.

    Joe — Thanks for pointing this out, great suggestion. I use a PocketPC regurarly and love to read PDF documents while traveling or not paying attention in lectures. However if PDF documents are not tagged Acrobat Reader will not reflow the content to match the (tiny) screen size. What follows is a nightmare of scrolling both horizontally and vertically. Insane!

    Rest assured it will be tagged!

    So yes, all publishers out there (especially those at Science Direct and others), please use tagged accessible PDF documents for all the right reasons, not just fancy people carying a PocketPC (although that should be enough to validate the effort from a financial and marketing perspective).

    Oh, and while I’m ranting about PDFs: Why is text in most academic documents not selectable? Please, don’t think this is an effective method against reproduction. It’s simply a nuisance. Retyping quotes word by word is ridiculous and a complete waste of time.