Over its 60 years, Ikea has built a reputation as a purveyor of inexpensive but stylish home furnishings, selling everything from leather sofas to chrome toilet-bowl cleaners. Branding has been a large part of the Swedish chain’s success — what urban dweller today, whether in Atlanta or Kuala Lumpur, doesn’t recognize that bright blue warehouse, glowing like a beacon of fine living, at the side of the highway? And its signature typeface, a customized version of Futura, has long been an integral part of that brand. But with its 2010 catalogue now arriving in mailboxes, the supplier of headboards and coffee tables to the world’s thrifty and trendy has switched to what it sees as a more functional typeface: Verdana.[…]

Politico’s writers and editors do several hundred cable appearances a week. They are becoming a one-stop source for Washington news. Politico is like an old newswire, except that it is more specialized, and focused, and fast—and it has faces. And, more important, it’s free—and, unlike the teeth-gnashing old-line news companies, it has no plans or desire to charge (it will benefit from other organizations’ charging, and, accordingly, undermine them). Politico is retailing the news to everyone else in the hopes that this publicity and public profile redound to its own position as the choicest destination for political news. This has worked—sort of. Politico puts its current traffic at 6.7 million unique visitors per month (down from a high of more[…]

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this is one of the best articles i’ve seen on this in a long time. The successful news company of the future will have to take all this on board and deliver it with a radically lower cost base than this industry is used to. In the digital world, the news industry, like many others, will be radically smaller. This contraction is partly a consequence of much reduced distribution costs, but is also a reflection of the fact that the monopoly rents Fleet Street enjoyed in the last century are a thing of the past. Witness how Craigslist has reduced the multi-billion dollar classifieds industry to nearer $100 million.Companies that follow the blueprint above are emerging already, most notably TechCrunch[…]

I hadn’t been by addicting games for a while, but this was a pleasant find there. Mortgage Meltdown – Free Strategy Game from AddictingGames!. I started mentioning news games at Addicting games years ago. Most of their games fell into what I called the political cartoon category, and I was making the case in my talks that game cartoons are indeed journalism. If taken in historical context like Punch magazine of hundreds of years ago, satire and commentary are a natural early step for news games. Mortgage Meltdown is another big step, though. This AP article has a few quotes from David Williams, the SVP of Nickelodeon’s Kids and Damily Games Group, which includes AddictingGames. Paraphrasing (since we can’t clip[…]

While many journalism schools are scrambling to revamp and revise their programs today, it is pretty astounding that American University’s SOC has offered a masters in Interactive Journalism since 1999. A nimble and dynamic curriculum that adapts to the latest changes in our dynamic area assures that degree is as fresh and current today as it was then. Check out the facebook page below to see what all the graduates are doing… they are a very impressive bunch. Facebook | School of Communication Graduate Programs. I like to think that we professors are the primary stewards of the brand and champions of the integrity of the degrees. We push our students and pass the ones who deserve the mantle. These[…]