Publication designers debate Roger Black's new Ready-Media venture
Society of Publication Designers
Ready-Media offers a collection of pre-existing templates for print and web publications -- "paint-by-numbers for magazine design," says one critic. Other comments from designers:
* "This move helps publishing executives justify the art department layoffs that have crippled editorial designers for the past couple of years. The fact that fellow designers are contributing to this is an especially low blow."
* "Don't hate me but I think this may not be such a bad thing. These designs are decent. In fact I'd say they're better than 90% of the magazines and newspapers out there."