Even Japanese salarymen read it!


I caught this episode of Japanology Plus on NHK World over the holidays. I recall that the bit was able the popularity of coffee houses in Japan, but it thought it was cool to see an international newspaper reader. I can’t make out what newspaper he’s reading. Anyone want to guess?

Watch the show here.


Old visual metaphors still strong


These images were included in a recent email newsletter that the HR department of the company that I work for sent out.

A newspaper, of course, is still used as a visual metaphor for news … because it looks stupid to show someone hunched over their smart phone!

I’ve also included the second image of the blackboard .. because when’s the last time you saw a real live chalk and blackboard instead of markers and a whiteboard.

Some visual metaphors are going to take a really long time to die off.