LATELY — 18 April 2006

Newsweek

Lufthansa gave me a copy of Newsweek recently, and it was no good.

First of all, I don’t like the first-line caps–it leads to really awkward breaks:

GM CHIEF DESIGNER ED Welburn sweeps into his…

Or even worse:

HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE COL- lections of marine life in the world, the Coral Triangle…

Perhaps this reflects my personal (web-shaped?) typographic aesthetic, but there’s stylistic sloppiness too. For example, you quite frequently get things like: “Sure, the vast majority of [European] workers already rely on their mobiles for everything from listening to music, to taking pictures, to watching pictures, to blogging.” They rely on their mobile phones? For blogging? Way to weaken a piece with lame-ass rhetorical exaggeration…

(Decent piece on the founders of the USA, and how they viewed religion.)