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879 posts on TheMarioBlog

One starts writing a blog without much direction or experience. However, I decided from the start that TheMarioBlog would do two things, if nothing else:

1. Present an overview of our industry and how it changes so fast. While the emphasis would be on design, we now know that any media discussion involves various disciplines and all platforms. Our aim has been to approach our daily posts that way.

2. We would not use this forum to tear down the work of others. We present our views, review new products and interview fellow media people who have something interesting to say. But, ultimately, I see the blog as serving a didactic purpose—perhaps the “once a teacher, always a teacher” mentality.

In the process of writing a daily blog, I have come to feel comfortable with various features: the personal anecdote, the three-minute interview, the case study of one of our products (which are the ones we know intimately and can relate step by step). I try to make it spontaneous, and not textbook-like. It is my daily conversation with you.

Now we wish to enhance that conversation—with your assistance.

Today’s pop ups

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It is a good Friday for pop ups in the Bild app. Frank sends us these interesting treatments for assorted stories of the day, including the Thailand floods that have paralyzed the country

And new on the Bild app: click on one photo (in this case a coach), and then with a new image appears, one image per second.

Below, Bild has fun with its pop up of a 3-wheer “Formula One” race in India.

If time allows this weekend….

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Illustration: http://www.trendir.com

David Carr: the news diet of a media omnivore


Highlight: “We are entering a golden age of journalism. I do think there has been horrible frictional costs, but I think when we look back at what has happened, I look at my backpack that is sitting here, and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30 to 40 years ago. It’s connected to the cloud, I can make digital recordings of everything that I do, I can check in real time if someone is telling me the truth, I have a still camera that takes video that I can upload quickly and seamlessly.

My take: David Carr says it best. I probably repeat the same every week: these are the best times to be a storyteller. Nothing to lament, lots to celebrate. If you are in this business because you like to tell stories, then we now have the most superb tools to do so.

The interactive postal stamp

Interactive postage stamp

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Courtesy: http://bruketa-zinic.com/2011/09/15/interactive-postal-stamp/

First paragraph: On the occasion of 20th anniversary of the issuance of postal stamps by Croatian Post, we created a postal stamp with a QR code, and the project was completed with the help of our digital agency Brlog. The project objective is turning a postal stamp into an interactive and informative tool, and not just proof of payment of shipping.

Nokia Kinetic Device offers a new twist on smartphone interaction (hands-on video)


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Courtesy: http://thisismynext.com/2011/10/27/nokia-kinetic-device-nokia-world-2011-demo/

First paragraph: Nokia’s Future Technology booth here at Nokia World 2011 has one undisputed standout demo: the Kinetic Device. So called because of the way users are supposed to interact with it, the Kinetic Device is extremely flexible and responds to being bent and twisted to navigate its simple UI. It’s built entirely out of plastic, which includes the bendy and attractive AMOLED display up front, and contains only the hardware required to power it and to sense user input. That means no phone functionality, no camera, no GPS, and no superfluous capacitive touchscreens. You’ll be right in consequently supposing that it’s not the most mature project Nokia has brewing in its labs, though the experience of actually using it was pleasing, reliable, and somewhat addictive.

Productivity Future Vision


Reed Reibstein’s take: I always love these visions of future technology! My favorite part was at the end, with the girl doing her homework and making something for the bake sale.

TheMarioBlog post #879
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Vogue in print: “point of view, attitude”
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The Boston Scene
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Thoughts on print: still here, still full of surprises, worthy of attention
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New report: For publishers, Facebook is no revenue panacea
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Smartphones and web traffic: where the action is
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Paris Match: a good visit and big plans
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Irma: the morning after
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Irma: the bad girl on every front page
Blog Post09.08.2017—1am
Type Magazine: the new Roger Black project
Blog Post09.06.2017—1am
Linear storytelling for mobile: a good example
Blog Post09.05.2017—1am
For Le Journal de Montreal: article page acts like home page, sort of
Blog Post09.01.2017—1am
Facebook the new front page?
Blog Post08.31.2017—1am
When it comes to news, “designer labels” can make the difference
Blog Post08.30.2017—1am
Those fabulous print glossy ads
Blog Post08.29.2017—1am
From here and there: what the email basket brings
Blog Post08.28.2017—1am
Why I would show this Times Mag cover to my class
Blog Post08.24.2017—1am
A caricature for the ages
Blog Post08.23.2017—1am
It was the day Americans looked up!
Blog Post08.22.2017—1am
It was all about the solar eclipse of the century
Blog Post08.21.2017—1am
A day without local news? In Minnesota, readers experience it
Blog Post08.18.2017—1am
The good news about print (in the USA)
Blog Post08.17.2017—1am
What’s your lead story right this minute?
Blog Post08.16.2017—1am
Panama’s La Prensa: workshop digital media, day 2
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Panama’s La Prensa: digital workshop
Blog Post08.14.2017—1am
Millennials still like their Facebook
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All about the Eclipse: the Times nailed it.
Blog Post08.10.2017—1am
It’s the Monocle printed newspaper again
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Who pays for news, and who believes the news? Report tells us
Blog Post08.08.2017—1am
Workshops: linear visual storytelling
Blog Post08.07.2017—1am
For newspaper print editions: the power of the headline
Blog Post08.04.2017—1am
Behold the iPad: it’s still part of the media quintet
Blog Post08.03.2017—1am
At the NYTimes: push for customized content moves forward
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The Mooch’s quick departure on the front pages
Blog Post08.01.2017—1am
At The New York Times: aggressively pushing digital subscriptions
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Thoughts while on vacation
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Local newspapers, new digital strategies that work
Blog Post07.13.2017—1am
The Donald Jr. Russian story: It’s somewhere on that front page
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Ecuador: where print still dominates
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