Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data | Video on

Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data | Video on

This is an excellent talk about how something so seemingly simple, a better-designed medical report, could be of huge consequence to the patient. Look at how the use of color and graphics eases a patient's understanding of these generally hard-to-understand reports.

Friday, January 21, 2011

I is a gradjut student

Well, why not? Directly across the hall from my PR office is the office and class space for the Master of Science in Publishing program at University of Houston-Victoria.

It's a forward-looking program, especially for a small university. They do a lot of publishing of experimental prose and have acquired a couple of small presses. I'm looking forward to learning more about the book biz, and seeing what's happening on the digital front.

I have ordered books for the two classes I'm taking -- Style & Editing and Advanced Publishing. We're using the Chicago Manual of Style in one class, and looking at InDesign Type, plus a wood type, fontsy book for the texts. We'll be working with InDesign CS5, for which I am SO GLAD, because I have only used Microsoft Word since September, and that'll drive a man nuts.

It'll take me a while to finish, but I could teach some classes once I have 18 hours under my belt. It's a growing university and an inventive (also growing) program, so there's no telling what I could end up doing. It's part of a cool, new journey and I'm excited about it.

Author interview - Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips
(Elena Seibert photo)

We have a prose heavy kicking off the UHV/American Book Review Spring Reading Series. Jayne Anne Phillips will read here Thursday, Jan. 27. She has won, or been nominated for, many major literary awards, and her prose is so real, the ties between her characters so palpable. She's also from a small town, so I feel a kinship there, though our rural upbringings don't mean we're all gifted with the pen.

Phillips told me she's looking forward to some Texas barbeque and warmer weather. She is in Newark (under a blanket of snow and ice) where she directs the MFA in Creating Writing at Rutgers-Newark. She is good friends with UHV's Dagoberto Gilb, so hopefully we'll get to hang for a while.

"Lark & Termite" is her latest. It's gotten rave reviews, as has all her work.