For the second time in recent months XPLANE has partnered with The Economist to create a compelling video on a topic of global importance. After working together on â€œDid You Know? 4.0â€, The Economist enlisted XPLANE\'s visual communication expertise to develop â€œThe Carbon Economyâ€ about the growing importance of climate change and green technologies and solutions.
â€œThe Carbon Economyâ€ will be shown at The Economist\'s upcoming Carbon Economy Summit on November 17 and 18, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The video is three minutes in length and includes simple visuals and a moving soundtrack to clearly convey the troubled state of global climate change and what steps must be taken to reach a positive outcome. The production was created using Apple\'s Keynote software.
XPLANE is happy to present Did You Know 4.0 â€” another official update to the original “Shift Happens” video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist.
We always found that there\'s info lurking behind everything in the world,â€ says Morgan Clendaniel, deputy editor at GOOD Magazine. â€œYou\'ll read an article, but you won\'t see the data behind it â€” nor would you want to. Nobody wants to read an Excel file.â€
Clendaniel and I are discussing GOOD\'s Transparency section â€” a regular print and online feature of standalone infographics. The general interest magazine best known for its social consciousness has published infographics on a number of topics, some serious (fuel efficiency between modes of transportation, a map of international legislation on death penalty), others more playful (relative trophy sizes, museum ticket prices).
â€œThe goal is to illustrate these issues in a way that is entertaining, accessible, but also informative,â€ Clendaniel says.
GOOD is an editorially-led, member-driven community that provides content and experiences that blend entertainment and relevance. Out portfolio includes GOOD Magazine and www.GOOD.is, updated daily with fresh editorial and short-form video features. Launched in 2006, we have received numerous awards for our aesthetic and unique voice that reflects the cultural shift among consumers who want to move the world forward and enjoy themselves while doing so.
“Print media does much of society\'s heavy journalistic lifting, from flooding the zone â€” covering every angle of a huge story â€” to the daily grind of attending the City Council meeting, just in case. This coverage creates benefits even for people who aren\'t newspaper readers, because the work of print journalists is used by everyone from politicians to district attorneys to talk radio hosts to bloggers. The newspaper people often note that newspapers benefit society as a whole. This is true, but irrelevant to the problem at hand; â€œYou\'re gonna miss us when we\'re gone!â€ has never been much of a business model. So who covers all that news if some significant fraction of the currently employed newspaper people lose their jobs?”
“The other day Bob Garfield had a good kvetch about dumb comments on newspaper websites on his show, On The Media, and I posted my two cents, but I still don\'t feel better. I think that\'s because Bob\'s partly right: comments do suck sometimes.
So, instead of just poking him for sounding like Grandpa Simpson, I\'d like to help fix the problem. Here are ten things newspapers could do, right now, to improve the quality of the comments on their sites. (There are lots more, but you know how newspaper editors can\'t resist a top ten list.)”
“Matt Willey recently recorded his decision-making on a feature design for the Royal Academy magazine. It provides a very useful insight into how page designs get arrived at, one that anyone who\'s ever designed a magazine will recognize.”
“If you are like I, you are pretty sick of reading articles about how the financially-troubled newspaper industry is making desperation budget cutting moves: Downsizing its products, laying off staff, buying prostitutes for advertisers, and so forth. But believe me, you’d be even sicker of it if you were INSIDE a typical American newsroom these days, where it’s sometimes hard to hear over the 200 decibel background drone of human whining.
One frequent newsroom complaint is that they are cutting back drastically in the use of copyeditors. It’s true, but I for one am not complaining. I say good riddance.”