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From Cool Infographics: “Philippe Dubost’s Amaz’ing Resume”

by | Posted March 7th, 2013

We’ve heard about people creating Pinterest boards when applying for said company, but Philippe Dubost has taken it one step further. He designed his résumé as an infographic that looks exactly like an Amazon product page, featuring himself as the product. It details his experience, education, and skill set, while still maintaining a sense of humor. For example, he lists that this item is available to ship anywhere in the world—but you should hurry, because there’s only one left in stock. What are other creative and innovative ways you can set yourself apart for your ideal job?

From The Rumpus: Puns for Classic Literature

by | Posted March 6th, 2013

Image via The Rumpus

Everyone can appreciate a nice play on words, but what really sets this series by Timothy Taranto apart is the accompanying images. Oftentimes as literature is being taught in the classroom, it takes on a very serious note of respect for the great authors being studied. What this picture series does is breathe a bit of life and silliness into the discussion concerning some of the incredible writers whose work we read. Perhaps I am wrong, but I have the feeling that if some of these authors could see this work, they too would get quite a chuckle out of it.

From My Modern Met: The Truth Told Project as photographed by Sarah Fretwell

by | Posted March 2nd, 2013

Photojournalist Sarah Fretwell has created a powerful photography project. She traveled into the Democratic Republic of Congo and captured photos and “statements from young girls and women who have suffered unimaginable sexual violence as innocent victims of war.”

Fretwell believes photography is a medium where we are given a glimpse and a small “insight” into “the lives of people who would otherwise never be heard.” Titled The Truth Told Project, Fretwell hopes it will “serve as a catalyst for change, offering survivors a chance at justice by enabling them to share their story with the world and making the human connection needed to garner the support of the international community.”

From SmartBlogs: “6 entrepreneurial skills that can make us better educators”

by | Posted March 1st, 2013

You might not think knowing entrepreneurial skills could help educators become better, but some might beg to differ. SmartBlogs recently released “6 Entrepreneurial Skills That Can Make Us Better Educators” to help educators apply these skills to become better at what they do best: educate.

One skill that is important and useful for everyone: “Develop relationships with mentors with different kinds of expertise.” Essentially, network with everyone and anyone.

“Entrepreneurs find mentors at different stages of their careers and in different fields.” It doesn’t matter what stage  you’re in, you can always benefit from meeting and keeping in touch with new people that can help give you advice and new perspectives.

How We’ve Come to Understand the Difference Between Typography and Lettering

by | Posted March 1st, 2013

Source: http://typefoundry.blogspot.com/

As Professional Writers, we have learned about graphic design and different types of lettering and typography. We are supposed to know what makes for a good graphic and how to design an appealing and inviting poster/brochure/pamphlet/bookmark/etc. But do we all know the difference between Lettering and Typography?

Smashing Magazine posted an article explaining the differences and similarities between Typography and Lettering, stating that many designers, despite making “their careers our of designing type or custom lettering,” have come with “a lot of misunderstandings of some of the terms and concepts that we use.”

You can read the very thorough article for yourself, but basically, it says, “Typography is essentially the study of how letterforms interact on a surface, directly relating to how the type will be set when it eventually goes to press” where as “Lettering can be simply defined as “the art of drawing letters.”” Confused? Lettering started out as being hand drawn, such as calligraphy or like those giant Bibles that monks spent years and years writing out by hand. Typography has much to do with setting and aligning the type. For example, “Instead of setting metal type and locking in forms [to create newspapers or books like they did with old printing presses], we use panels in [Adobe] Illustrator or InDesign to kern, add leading and align our type.”

The article also explains the history of typography and lettering, and gives tips on how you can get started on your own hand-lettering as well as a list of websites with lettering and typography designs.

Source: http://www.coffeemademedoit.com/portfolio/random-typography/

From The New Yorker: “Is Writing Torture?”

by | Posted February 28th, 2013

We all know writing is tough. Fiction writing, research writing, non-fiction writing, journalism. Even if you love to write, as I do, I still agree writing is hard. The New Yorker recently published an article asking, “Is Writing Torture?” The article went on to explain about a current “quarrel between Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) and (indirectly) Philip Roth” after a few months ago, Roth declared “he’d quit writing.”

Read the article and decide for yourself, but writers don’t write to become famous or make a lot of money. “[Y]ou do it because, for whatever reason, you believe in it, and you believe in it because, for whatever reason, you need to believe in it.” I think every writer who loves writing will agree with that.

The Future of the Humanities Degree

by | Posted February 28th, 2013

Recently, there have been discussions among university educators about the future of the humanities degree. Some are calling for graduate programs to be bigger, allowing for more choices; others, as is the case with Stanford, are trying to continue “fostering the debate with an emphasis on shortening time to degree for humanities Ph.D.s.”

Dean of MSU’s College of Arts and Letters, Karin A. Wurst, recently wrote a lengthy and intensive article for Inside Higher Ed about what constitutes as a “proper size of arts and humanities graduate programs.” She asks “What is meant by Right-Sized?” and talks about a “T-Shaped Education” and makes remarks as to possible solutions to helping create better graduate programs.

“By right-sized, I mean a frame of reference based on quantitative and qualitative factors like the following:

  • the demand in the field
  • the placement rate of the unit
  • the number of applications to the program […]”

She continues to discuss what questions should be asked when figuring out the “right-size” for a graduate program and proceeds to discuss different environments and suggestions for how graduates can utilize the shortened time-length to their advantage.

For those working towards a humanities degree as well as future applicants, it will be interesting to see what happens in the future for these programs.