Jessica Helfand and I were recently in Portland, Maine participating in a symposium and workshop at the Maine College of Art.
During our stay, we witnessed the launch of the redesign of the Portland Press Herald.
This letter, in response to the paper being slightly downsized by 1.25 inches, was published on June 17, 2004. We offer it here as an example of the absurd (and delightful) ways in which the unsuspecting public experiences design.
To The Editors:
So what do I think of the new smaller sized Portland Press Herald?
I would say there are some good things and some bad things.
I always read my paper at the breakfast table all alone. And wow! There's a lot more room for my waffles, coffee, juice, etc. That's good.
But when I finished reading the paper, I spotted a housefly on my refrigerator, so I rolled up the paper and tried to whack it. I missed by about 1.25 inches. That's bad.
South Portland, Maine