Love is in the air! Now through Valentine's Day you can get $10 off all our Shakespeare Illustrated Plot Summary posters. It's our biggest discount ever. What can we say? We're just in the mood to spread some information graphic love.
It's officially the Christmas holiday season, and if you're like most folks, you're probably running behind on shopping for your friends and family. Well, we're here to help because that's how we roll. Right now, in our online storefront, we're giving you 25% off our popular Shakespeare Illustrated Plot Summary Infographic Posters and our brand new Science of Santa Infographic Christmas Cards. They're perfect for your favorite egghead-know-it-all.
We're getting a teensy bit of a jump on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this weekend since we'll likely be too busy stuffing out faces with turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, etc. to turn the discounts on at the proper time.
I wanted to announce that we've added some fun, new items to our online retail shop over on Etsy, and they're just in time for Christmas.
A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned some exciting news about our latest illustrated Shakespeare plot summary information graphic for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which was the play performed at this year's Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in Forest Park. For years we'd been thinking of offering these infographics available for sale at the festival as posters, but due to lots of reasons that were beyond our control, we just hadn't been able to make this dream a reality – until this year that is!
Things have been kinda quiet around here the last few months. The blog, along with our social media accounts, just haven't been getting the love and affection they need. But it's not because we've stopped caring. It's just that we've been SWAMPED with projects.
I met Christine Zueck-Watkins when I first moved to St. Louis, Missouri. That was 15 years ago, which is extremely hard for me to believe. I was working on an information graphics project for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — the new federal courthouse was nearing completion and the newspaper wanted to show some of the more interesting features of the building to its readers. I’d gone over to the paper’s downtown office to meet with some of the editors to discuss the project, and I ended up going to lunch with Chris and a few other people from the paper.
When I was in college, I struggled during my first year with how to study. I went to class every day and took copious notes, but I just couldn’t seem to get the hang of college exams. This was immensely frustrating for me because I’d always done really well in school up to that point.
By my sophomore year I was desperate to improve, and decided to make big changes to my approach to studying. I focused on my notetaking during class because I felt as though no matter how many notes I took, I had trouble retaining the information I'd written down. I took notes like everyone else in my classes, furiously scribbling as much as I could from the professor’s lecture.
My former boss and great friend, Tom Borgman, at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch dropped me an email last week to let me know their new visual journalism blog, Behind the Lines, was going to be using the inaugural post to cover the history of the Shakespeare infographics we've been collaborating on for the last 13 years with Tom and Judy Newmark, the paper's theater critic.
This is one of the most exciting times of the year for us, and it's not just because we're well into spring heading into summer. Every year for the past 12 years, we've been part of an effort by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to help make the plays of Shakespeare more accessible and less intimidating to people who'll be attending the annual Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis.