Cha-cha-changes: Canada’s History

  The New York Times reports that the Hudson Bay Company's historical publication has given itself a new name, Canada's History, with the subtitle "Formerly The Beaver." Name changes have traditionally been a problem for periodicals--both cataloging and shelving. But as in the case of Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College), this change could really help. …

Neil Gaiman’s fantasies : The New Yorker

An interesting interview and profile on the comic book writer-turned fiction/fantasy writer, Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman’s fantasies : The New YorkerThe New Yorker piece doesn't talk much about his Sandman series with DC in the 1990s, but the series did change a small segment of the comic book market, to one without super heroes and …

Bob Noorda, Who Changed the Look of the Subways, Dies at 82 – Obituary (Obit) –

Steve Heller's obituary on Bob Noorda who, with Massimo Vignelli, re-designed the underground signage of the New York City Subway system.Bob Noorda, Who Changed the Look of the Subways, Dies at 82 - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.comAlso see this post at SecondAveSagas, where the commentors correct the identification of typeface (which is now Helvetica).

YouTube – Swearing-In of David S. Ferriero as Tenth Archivist of the United States

YouTube- Swearing-In of David S. Ferriero as Tenth Archivist of the United StatesOnce you get past the 30 seconds of (very slow playing credits), U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (who administered the oath) had some nice things to say about documents. (Ferriero moved to NARA from the New York Public Library.)

Current Challenges to Fine Printing and Book Design (Grolier Club panel)

This is a draft of an article I'm preparing.  I believe Godine had prepared remarks which the Grolier Club may print in its Gazette. -pwrCurrent Challenges to Fine Printing and Book DesignThe Grolier Club, 47 East 6t0th Street, New York Wednesday January 13, 2010The Grolier Club sponsored a thought-provoking panel discussion on challenges to fine …

James Patterson, Author (updated)

Image via WikipediaToday's New York Times Magazine has a long piece about thriller potboiler author James Patterson. Patterson, who started out as a major mover and shaker in advertising at J Walter Thompson, has been transforming an old established publishing house like Little Brown. I do admire his insight that people buy the name (like …

December 4, 2007 — 50 years of Helvetica at MOMA

"50 years of Helvetica" Museum of Modern Art, 5:00pm -- "50 years of Helvetica" at the Museum of Modern Art. Special tour of the exhibition by its curator, Christian Larsen, Department of Architecture and Design. Attendance limited; reservations required. Contact Fernando Pena at the Grolier Club at (212) 838-6690 or