- Writing Spaces | Readings on Writing – Writing wants to be free. A significant project, but the anti-wiki spin isn't really necessary: "An Alternative to Wiki Textbooks. Some teachers might have thought about participating in other open access textbook projects like Wikibooks, but have not for fear that such work would go unrewarded in tenure and promotion. Writing Spaces' individually authored texts and more traditional proposal and peer review process gives you a line on your CV with direct publication credit for your work.An Alternative to Wiki Textbooks
Some teachers might have thought about participating in other open access textbook projects like Wikibooks, but have not for fear that such work would go unrewarded in tenure and promotion. Writing Spaces' individually authored texts and more traditional proposal and peer review process gives you a line on your CV with direct publication credit for your work." Seems the project is heavily embedded in traditional writing spaces. – (publishing writing wikibooks pedagogy literature book )
- if:book: a clean well-lighted place for books – "The purpose of this new set of notes is to expand the thinking beyond how a specific text is presented or interacted with. Reading (and writing) do not happen only at the level of the individual work. There is a broad ecology of behaviors, activities and micro-environments that surround each work and our relationship to it — how things come to be written, how we choose what to read, how we make the purchase, how we share our experience with others. Currently (i.e. toward the end of age of print), that ecology is defined by agent/editor mechanisms of acquisition, sharp delineation between authors and readers, top-down marketing, heavy reliance on big mainstream media to get the word out, the bookshelves that make our books part of our daily life, bookstores and — yes — Amazon." – (books ebook publishing reading marketing ebooks library2.0 )
I’m not going to comment on this, but The Chronicle of Higher Education (typically a quality weekly) ran this light story on the morning after Super Tuesday, suggesting that the Clinton camp is less than design-worthy:
Mac vs. PC: Who Won Super Tuesday?
The two computers weren’t actually running in the couple of dozen presidential primaries and caucuses yesterday. But their Web surrogates were. Barackobama.com is a Mac, while hillaryclinton.com is a PC, according to Web-design experts quoted yesterday in an article on Sci-Tech-Today.com. The comparison takes off from the Mac spots on TV, featuring a young, relaxed actor exuding laid-back confidence personifying the Mac, and an older, nervous character as the PC. Alice Twemlow, chairwoman of the master’s-in-fine-arts program in design criticism at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, says that “with Obama’s site, all the features and elements are seamlessly integrated, just like the experience of using a program on a Macintosh computer.” Twemlow is, of course, a Mac user. The Clinton site, in contrast, is repeatedly described as “hectic,” with messages IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS competing for attention. Web designers quoted in the article don’t like it very much. But when was the last time you met a Web designer who used a PC? –Josh Fischman
I met a web designer who used a PC just last week. He was using tiny type on a web design. When I pointed out I had to increase the font size to navigate, he reassured me that most of the users of the site would be using a PC and so wouldn’t be bothered.
It’s not the platform, it’s the attitude.
Read the manuscript.