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Clear Titles Over Clever

Here’s an interesting post found–surprise, surprise–on Poyntner. It really made me think about usability and writing for the web. The Web doesn’t inspire us to read; it inspires us to scan. The article on Poyntner isn’t just about readability. It’s about scannability. People need to scan to see clear headlines […]

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A Lesson From ‘Have Space Suit — Will Travel’

In the classic novel, Have Space Suit–Will Travel, Robert Heinlein emphasizes (and in a number of his novels) preparedness. Read closely: “‘Luck’ is a question-begging word,” [the professor] answered. “You spoke of the ‘amazing luck’ that you were listening when my daughter called for help. That wasn’t luck…Why were you […]

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Stories From the Classifieds

As I scour the newspaper for new writing ideas, I keep my eyes peeled for the interesting, the weird, the unusual. But there’s one newspaper section that I frequently skip that’s been brought to my attention as a good place to look for ideas: the classifieds. I found this article […]

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