Graduating Back To The Real World

I’ve been on a semi-sabbatical for a while, doing some good, studying for a master’s degree, and sorting out some plans for the next fifty years. In business, when a discussion starts straying off topic, we say, “Well, that may be a good topic for a graduate seminar, but we need practical solutions here.” I’ve just spent a couple of years in graduate seminars, rarely getting to the point,  wandering up and down rhetorical byways, never calling the question. I’ve been reading and writing up a storm, but not for publication.

It’s been a lot of fun, I’ve learned a lot, but it’s time to get back to work. Stay tuned.


Un-neighborly: Ad Blocking in Park Slope

UnneighborlyGrumpy laminated signs are uglifying the gorgeous architecture of Brownstone Brooklyn. “Do not deface my property with your disgusting advertising,” they seem to say. “Let me deface my own property with this churlish plastic billboard.” The most subtle sign is postcard-sized with a giant NO! — flyers, ads, menus — but you can get a lawyer-worded 5″ x 7″ placard that is “technically compliant with the new Anti-Flier Law” with each letter 1 inch tall. Continue Reading →

Building a Multimedia Operation in China

China Staffing
For a visiting group of media executives from China, I’m giving a talk on building a new media team inside an existing print publishing operation. Not only do you have to train your staff to create innovative interactive products, you also have to train your customers in what’s possible and why it’s better than print.

Here are the slides.

Convergence of Digital Multimedia for Publishers
November 29-30 and December 1-2, 2016

A Management Seminar organized for the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television in cooperation with the
SUNY Global Center

Champion of Education

Graphics Scholarship Awards

The terrific people at the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation have graced me with the designation Champion of Education with a celebration scheduled for the  2014 scholarship awards ceremony in June. It’s a great feeling to be honored by your colleagues for doing work you’re proud of, but it’s also a bit daunting to think of all the work that still needs to be done. All of us, from pre-school to K-12 to college and grown-up life, need to learn more faster and better.

Every June, the  Graphic Communication Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation, a lean 501(c)3 non-profit, provides money for college to dozens of  New York metro area students pursuing careers in graphic communications:

The GCSF Champion of Education Award honors exceptional individuals in the graphic communications field who have contributed their time, resources and talents to advance the industry’s understanding and to prepare its next generation.

It’s an important industry event raising money for a great cause.

Trends in Career & Technical Education


PDF of Jack's slides

For a session at the United Federation of Teachers, here are my slides with: a quick update on NYC CTE partners’ activities; a recap of an excellent job market briefing we got from the New York State Department of Labor; some stats about college completion; and a look at the increasing dissatisfaction with the way higher education has been churning out degrees that go nowhere.

In addition, I use stats and art from several studies:  From Wall Street to Wall Mart, Diplomas and Droputs and the just-released Harvard report Pathways to Prosperity.

Cruel Expectations: College for All

Now that I’m a graduate student, I’ve been looking at the troubling results of the nation’s push towards college-for-all.

Beautiful Nightmare: Matsuda’s Augmented Reality Visualization

London architecture student Keiichi Matsuda has posted a brilliant and scary visualization of the near future of augmented reality.

Saletan’s Stat-Packed 2010 State of the Digital World

Saletan on the state of the world as we live it through technology.

Augmented Reality Still Too Jumpy

Today’s AR apps don’t offer a solid user experience.

EMRs: Don’t Wait for the Government

A new study urges physicians to use stimulus spending to install electronic medical records.

Taming social media in the new decade

I sign up for everything: GeoCities, Classmates, Ryze, Orkut, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo, Flickr, LibraryThing, Plurk, Lifeblob, Meme, various Ning sites, Technorati, RSS feeds and God knows what else. Partly it’s to learn what they’re all about, partly to link to the folks who are there, partly for the sheer info-glut geekiness of it all. Continue Reading →