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There’s a good reason paragraph breaks were invented…

…because otherwise you end up with unreadable rubbish like this, spewed up on unsuspecting readers by The Times’ achingly bleeding, cutting, pulsating-edge science supplement Eureka today:









Note to smart-arse “art” department page designers:

Taking out proper paragraph breaks and substituting them with cherry-coloured pilcrows is a bit like ending your sentences not with a full-stop but a fart.

Yes, you make your point, but you quickly empty the room.

Pity the poor sub who had to copy edit this article. No wonder if you struggled through it, you found it didn’t make  much sense.

  1. April 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks – where is article source?

    • Morpork
      April 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      The article was in the Eureka supplement to The Times on the day I posted. I’m not sure if it is available online: it probably is, but it’s behind the Murdoch paywall, so I don’t know. It probably does not look like this online: well, I hope not, anyway. I scanned in a hard copy of the article to highlight what happens when you let smart-arse “art” designers loose on the printed page.

  2. April 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    are you on linkedin?

    • Morpork
      April 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      I certainly yam. Search for John Symes Freelance, London. Do not confuse me with Dr John B Symes the Veterinarian nor John Symes President of the Symes Automotive Group. Nor am I John Symes at AOS Studley International, although, in a deeply manly fashion, I wish I were.

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