Unfinished story … how the ellipsis arrived in English literature

“This was a brilliant innovation,” she writes in Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission, a history of the use of dots, dashes and asterisks to mark a silence of some kind, which has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Read the full story here

Can Twitter reinvent itself with packaged news before it gets sold?

There is journalism before Twitter and journalism after Twitter. No single company has ever had the power to report and disseminate events with the speed and geographic reach of the network. America holds its first television debate for Democratic candidates, Donald Trump livetweets it. If London Bridge is closing down, Twitter provides the eyewitness reports […]

Newspapers face up to the ad crunch in print and digital

The print advertising market, which still remains the lifeblood of income for most publishers on the path to digital sustainability, has been down unprecedented levels of as much as 30% in some weeks over the past six months. Most of the UK’s top 10 newspaper advertisers have stripped their budgets: the biggest, Sky, has cut […]

How to achieve brand visibility: “A great design isn’t great if no one sees it”

What is it that makes a logo of an apple with a bite out of it appealing? And how does a brown, fizzy drink stir connotations of nostalgia? Associating emotions with products is a driving force for a brand’s success – and this recognition is often achieved through the design and marketing. But a pretty […]

Evelyn Dunbar: the genius in the attic

One Sunday night two years ago, Ro Dunbar was watching Antiques Roadshow when she noticed something shocking. One of the people queuing in the rain to have their antiques valued had just produced a painting by her long-dead relative Evelyn Dunbar. “This is a masterpiece,” said painting expert Rupert Maas. “It is such an extraordinary […]

Instagram is already getting lazy about ad quality

What is an Instagram ad? Back when the company first announced it would be interrupting everyone’s photo feed with ads, Instagram said that brands would have to be “creative and engaging” in their approach. They’d have to fit in seamlessly alongside the never-ending stream of food shots, pet photos, vacation scenes, and newborn babies we […]

Iceland bread advert banned for making baking seem too simple

The online video ad showed bread products, the outside of a windmill and an interview with a baker who appeared to be inside the windmill, who said: “Our stone-baked bread is made from the best wheat, sourdough, water, salt and an amount of yeast. The philosophy is that we only use natural ingredients … Once […]