New York Mag (US)
New York Mag (US)
someone waited their entire life to publish that
Best headline ever.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
During my internship at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel I saved every single page I created. Every one. No matter how bad or ordinary they were, I piled them up next to my door every day.
Ira said it way better than I ever could, but I knew that I just needed to keep working and amassing my portfolio so that at the end I could go through and edit it all down to what was truly special – what showcased the potential I had as a designer.
As young journalists (reporters, designers, copy editors, photographers, etc.) I think we’re all trying to find those places that will give us those opportunities to grow our portfolio and close that gap to doing great work.
During my time at the Victoria Advocate, a great newsroom that I knew I wasn’t destined to stay at forever, I devised an attitude that every day was an opportunity for a new clip. I would get no chances or opportunities to be in other newsrooms if I didn’t give it my all every day. I mean, who knows what page will be the one to catch an editor’s eye? You just don’t know.
I don’t think my gap is completely closed – I still recognize when the work I’m producing isn’t personally satisfying. But I’m happy and I’m glad that I’ve been able to do the work I get to do, that editors and other journalists have recognized my potential and that I’m moving to a great new city and a great new paper to continue closing that gap.
Graphic: Bieber Versus Bieber
When Justin Bieber burst onto the scene in 2009, he was an uncontroversial, shaggy-haired, prepubescent 15-year-old. He’d been discovered on YouTube by some big music stars, and with his debut single ‘One Time,’ he was, for a brief moment, a shining example of young Canadian talent. The Stratford, Ont., -raised singer quickly became the most famous person on the planet.
Since his humble beginnings, Bieber sold out a Madison Square Garden concert in 22 minutes, amassed nearly three billion YouTube views, sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, and became the focus of intense public scrutiny. From ‘Baby’ to ‘Boyfriend,’ mop-hair to gel-hair, purple hoodie to leather, dog tag to gas mask, the evolution of Bieber from ‘cuddly’ to ‘gnarly’ in these short four years has gripped the world. Which Bieber do you prefer?
The best journalism.
Edward Snowden: ‘I do not expect to see home again’ The whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations speaks out.
The Guardian is on it.
Guardian Front Page, June 7, 2013
That’s one way to do a front page.
This week’s TIME cover story, which is illustrated by the artist-activist Ai Weiwei, examines China’s place in the world.
Read a preview of the story here.
(Art by Ai Weiwei for TIME, Typography by Post Typography)
Great cover, one of Time’s best recent ones.
Story: Jessica Rodrigo
Photos: Kathleen Duncan
Design: Luis Rendon