¶ Getting along with others is not easy. Relationships require all that commitment of personal time, attention and effort, even when not particularly in the mood. But it’s the price you must pay if you want a bridge foursome.
Online social networking is just as difficult. The searching, writing, posting, commenting, uploading, tweeting, retweeting and even retweeting damn retweets is as labor intensive as hand-setting 12 point lead type.
This recently completed letterpress project for Shadow Works depicts the big search and social networking websites as clunky old apparatus. Having plodded along for a while now with twitter, facebook and the like, I appreciate the comparison. Even though it’s made on a computer, the best social networking feels hand crafted by an actual person who cares.
Continue reading to see the whole Shadow Works series and a list of this old letterpress printer’s feeble attempts at social networking.
~ Cranky Pressman on social networking so far ~
facebook. The Pressman off the clock and away from the shop shares art, design and cultural bits and pieces that catch his eye. It’s a hobby.
twitter. Thought it was a load of nonsense at first but now seems more like friendly banter than useless yapping. The insight we gain is invaluable. Hope our blabber is likewise.
flickr. There isn’t a single thing not to like about flickr, except maybe that we only ever get around to posting a small sampling of the work we produce for our creative customers.
posterous. How the hell does that thing work? E-mail in all your crap and it’s perfectly formatted in a blog post! If only everything were as easy. Nonetheless, this old guy still can’t keep up with the postings.
tumbler. One of the reasons our posterous has been neglected is we had to try the tumbler. So simple I have no idea what it’s purpose is but am throwing pictures on it until I figure it out.
delicious. Maybe I haven’t tried hard enough, but our delicious network is sadly lacking. Collecting the bookmarks just need a few more contacts.
LinkedIn. This link is to my personal LinkedIn page. Yet again it’s a halfassed attempt on my part. However, I’m thinking it should be at the top of the list of priorities for both myself and the Cranky geezer.
We are working on a concept for a Cranky Pressman LinkedIn page that would be of interest to designers, art directors, illustrators and other creative professionals. If you have any ideas let us know in the comments.