Smart design: Impressive ‘flat’ lamp created to be minimalistic yet practical

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Impressively / intelligently designed lamp. Aesthetics, minimalism, purpose.

This smart / impressively designed lamp, from GilesGodwinBrown, maintains its functionality

This is the kind of design work that I think deserves more recognition.

Created by GilesGodwinBrown, it brilliantly combines brilliant aesthetics with minimalism, yet still works as a lamp, maintaining its purpose.

It’s not simply design for design’s sake (which there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with) but it’s intelligent design. I think that’s what makes it such a striking piece.

(Sourced from Hello You Creatives / GilesGodwinBrown)

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Daily Mail critical of BBC yet again

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Daily Mail accusing BBC of double standards? Come off it… For journalism’s sake

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An article on the Press Gazette‘s website today reported on the Daily Mail‘s criticism of the BBC, after the corporation admitted using private detectives at the Leveson Inquiry.

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Centre, London (Photo by Panhard).

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Centre, London (Photo by Panhard).

To me this is a rather foolish route to take, as not only does it reek of hypocrisy, it also does nothing to help journalism as a whole.

While obviously newspapers and broadcasters shouldn’t shy away from reporting about Leveson, because that would only breed more distrust in the industry, to resort to ‘infighting’ via editorials seems a bit cannibalistic and self-destructive.

Holding us back

It’s now clear to all that virtually every news organisation has turned to underhand tactics at one time or another, but to continue dragging them up and mudslinging won’t help us move forward.

It will only do the opposite and hold us back.

Clearly the Daily Mail’s agenda against the BBC comes into this issue as well, and the fact the BBC used licence fee payers’ money on PIs adds a different angle too, but continued attacks will only damage journalism’s integrity. This is a time when news organistions should be speaking to one another to try to move the industry forward, not just squabbling about who’s to blame.

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Great Metro headline

Great Metro newspaper headline for Cardiff City vs Crystal Palace match report

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Metro match report headlines

Metro might not be the most hard-hitting, investigative newspaper in the country, but for all the criticism some people give it, I for one think it’s very effective at what it does.

It shifts hundreds of thousands of units each day, something all papers are finding it more tricky than ever to do now, and has got its style just right for what it aims to do. In particular, I think the above headline, from today’s report about the match between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City, is great.

Concise

Eight words long, concise, with clever (but yes, pretty clichéd) wordplay, containing the names of both teams involved. As a sub-editor I admire that. I think most subs would.

It just struck me as doing everything a headline needs to do. Ok, it’s not The Sun’s iconic “Gotcha”, but how many headlines ever match that? Not a lot. This one is better than most.

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Is Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel the next Michael Schumacher? For the good of the sport, let’s hope not!

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Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position for the third straight race tomorrow as he ominously pulls away from the chasing pack.

Nobody could get close to the German in today’s qualifying rounds, with Jenson Button, who will also start on the front, almost a second behind him.

Unstoppable

CNN describing the 23-year-old as “unstoppable” certainly seems to be correct at the moment.

It is already hard to see beyond him for the win in Shanghai.

While many people praise the talents of the young chap, which is valid, for the sake of the competition we have to hope he doesn’t triumph.

I do not say this out of spite.

But for this competition to be exciting, as any competition should be, it cannot just be a walk over.

Boredom

No offence to him, but the last thing we need is another Michael Schumacher.

His talent was great, yes. But for the contest as a whole, his period of domination was dreadful. Boring isn’t the word.

Now we have three exciting teams, in Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren, who are all (pretty much) equal. This makes it interesting.

But if his storming start continues, this excitement will quickly turn to boredom.

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So much to do, so little time…

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Sorry folks, no real post today. We got our ethics essay questions today, and to ‘test’ our journalistic skills we have to answer them by Friday, which means all hands to the pump at the moment.

In many ways this is my last assignment for my journalism course, as after this it’s just exams and housekeeping. Quite sad in a lot of ways, but such is life…

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to posting tomorrow. Sayonara for now!

Is there a Royal Wedding happening soon? It’s not like the papers have covered it much…

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Yeah, we get the picture...(by Nick Clapp)

Excuse me, but is there a Royal Wedding this month? I was just curious, because there doesn’t seem to be much coverage of it.

That is apart from the small amount of coverage which has been given by every national newspaper, every day since it was announced!

Four papers

Today, believe it or not, is no exception. Look at the front-pages of the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror. Kate Middleton is on each one.

Four of the eight main national papers have gone with her picture. Why? They aren’t even good pictures, or at least nothing special.

Flog that dead horse

I know, as we all do, that when there’s a dead horse (which this story is) you flog it for all it’s worth. But come on, this is bloody ridiculous.

Clowns to left, jokers to the right, stuck in the Middle with you...(by Nick Clapp)

The Mail and Express have even used the same “Kate shapes up for her big day” line. I know they’re practically the same paper, but try an inject some originality at least.

Blanket coverage

I am one of the few people who, it seems, is actually looking forward to seeing the event, especially as it seldom happens. But, I think we’re all tiring of this blanket coverage of every minor thing Will and Kate do.

Please papers, give it a rest, at least for a day or two.

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Advertisers have got newspapers right where they want them, now they’re going in for the kill

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HSBC cover ad for Telegraph (pic: Nick Clapp)

This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while, about the way advertising in newspapers is changing.

It’s no secret the industry is dependent on adverts. Newspapers especially rely on advertising for most of their revenue, and so have to bow to the pressures of the ad men.

This has become even more apparent in the last few years, as papers lose more and more money.

Amazing changes

However, something amazing happened recently which really showed how much things have changed. At least I think it was amazing.

The Daily Telegraph, the only British paper which has maintained a traditional broadsheet style, came with a cover advert. That’s right, a cover advert.

Why is this a big deal?

Control

Simply because it shows now how much control advertisers have over newspapers.

Clearly to carry out such a huge campaign (it was for HSBC) still would have cost an astronomical amount of money.

But a few years ago this would have been unimaginable. Now, it’s a reality.

Good and bad news

This brings with it good and bad news. The good news is that it clearly means advertisers are still willing to pay for newspaper ads, and see them as the main way to get their message across, so at least they won’t neglect the industry.

The bad news is, as papers have to make more and more money from advertisers and squeeze out every last penny, they will have bow down to pressures a lot more and resort to things like cover ads.

This is the kind of thing which could eventually destroy a newspapers reputable image.

Just look at last Friday’s Independent for another example.

Five ads over two pages of The Independent (pic: Nick Clapp)

Spread across pages 30 and 31 were no less than five ads. Five. That’s an incredible thing to see, especially over just two pages.

Short term solution

Newspapers are struggling to survive, so in the short term selling such large chunks of each paper seems like a good idea.

But if this trend continues and gets worse, then I fear it could eventually lead to our most respected publications becoming nothing but colourful picture books.

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