in the midst of all my cleaning
, I came across my old newspaper pages, some of which are nearly 20 years old at this point. The newsprint is fraying and yellowed at this juncture, but it’s still totally readable. It’s my history—and I made a point of keeping a bunch of it around. I still remember a lot of the pitfalls and conundrums that came with some of those pages, which often had offbeat illustrative styles. (I tended to do a lot with paper textures.)
This is, literally, old news. But hiding in the midst of all these old pages was a digital surprise. In the final issue of my old newspaper Link
, I was given the opportunity to create a humorous parody bacon page
, which I filled with real content, even if the section itself was kind of a joke. (To give you an idea, there was a “strip tease” on the page, along with fake blotches of grease, which I thought was a nice touch.)
Link often gave me opportunities to do sort of novelty topics like these, and I actually had quite a few bylines on the entertainment and pop culture beat by the time I had finished there. (Then as now, I would write and design the pages.) The bacon page feels a lot like something I would do now.
But this was all on dead trees, and I only had a single page, so inevitably I linked to the broader internet, and because of the limited space, I shortened the links. One of the things I linked to was Archie McPhee’s bacon gifts, which fit perfectly with the tone of the page. My way of linking them, given the tight space: A TinyURL address, linking to http://tinyurl.com/baconstuff