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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · September
· · · · 04 (1 entry)

Craig Cline, R.I.P. · So sad to hear that Craig died. (He doesn’t have a Wikipedia en­try, some­one who knew him bet­ter than I should make one.) I owe Craig a lot; I was one of the peo­ple who came to the Web from a mostly-publishing-tech back­ground, and liked it the mo­ment I saw it. It may sound weird now, but a lot of pub­lish­ing peo­ple hat­ed it and fought it, be­cause it didn’t do WYSIWYG and you couldn’t ex­er­cise fine con­trol over font lead­ing and im­age bleeds and so on. Craig put me on stage at the Sey­bold con­fer­ence time af­ter time—it was the cen­tre of the publishing-tech world then—to tell peo­ple that this thing was OK, that they could still be de­sign­er­s, they just had to live with los­ing con­trol over size and shape, that ty­pog­ra­phy and col­or and white space still mat­tered. I don’t know, frankly, if it did the au­di­ences any good, but the con­ver­sa­tions I had there sure helped me. Craig was a good man.
 
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