Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Good Food Workbook

In honor of Food Day (next Weds the 24th) I built the Good Food Workbook,  a website with activities that help kids better understand and enjoy the good foods that are available to them regardless of where they live. 

In the short term, this is just a place to host exercises online, but the long term goal is to have every kid receive a customized printed cookbook that is specific to their city/town and the foods that they most enjoy. These books would be made available for free to children living in poorer communities and "food deserts".

I'm asking parents and teachers to submit more activities and will award $50 to the four that get the most votes/comments. Feel free to share if you know any foodie parents or teachers.

www.GoodFoodWorkbook.com

Newsweek Ends Print Edition

On December 31, Newsweek will distribute its last print edition and go all-digital into the future.  As always, we need to maintain a balance between print and digital, as each has unique strengths and weaknesses.  This is one case where the weekly format and the expenses of printing and distribution probably make sense.  That said, I don't use their website and do often buy the magazine when I'm at the airport, so they have most likely lost at least one customer.

Read the article here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

In Defense of Paper

There is still a place for paper in the workspace.  "Paper still matters".

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/jobs/pen-and-paper-still-practical-in-the-office-workstation.html?smid=pl-share

Some great quotes from this article:

"[Paper] can be a luscious and beautiful thing - the way we savor fine food and wine, we can savor paper and ink and what it does for us."
- Steve Leveen

"[Paper is], in your face. Its physical presence can be a goad to completing tasks, whereas computer files can easily be hidden and thus forgotten."
- David Allen

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Long Live Paper

Educational Publishing, my day-job, is on fire with discussions about Education Secretary Duncan's announcement that all K-12 textbooks will soon be digital. 

While I do see some positives with this shift (especially in cases where students are using textbooks that are hopelessly out of date), there is a real danger in "threatening to light a bonfire to a tried-and-true technology — good old paper — that has been the foundation for one of the great educational systems on the planet", as Justin Hollander has articulated on the New York Times Opinion page today in his piece:

LONG LIVE PAPER


Handmade Books in Portland

A mutual friend turned me on to Hinged Strung Stitched, a bookmaking company in Portland that makes beautiful custom books and boxes.

If you are in Portland today, they are having an open house.  For more information, click here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Illustory

This is a great product that allows kids to create their own book content and then the packaging materials to send that content in to have it bound into a hard-cover book.  It is incredibly innovate and well-priced.  I've bought two copies for neighbor kids to try and the hardest aspect of the product design seems to be to get the kids and parents to open the box.