Content + Design’s blog by Tekla Szymanski covers a wide range of topics: short posts, essays, interviews and feature articles on content strategy, media, design, technology, culture and history, mostly in English but also in German.

The Sins of Past Designs

Sometimes, the shoemaker has no shoes. Being a web designer, you’d think I would take care of my own website first. Wrong. Twenty years after I hand-coded the very first iteration of my website, I finally brought it to the 21st century.
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Writer cartoon

Writing Should Open a Vein

Welcome to the world of media. You've got the tools to be a writer, but good writing cannot be taught. You either have an inner voice and write from your gut or you haven’t found it yet and are still searching. The rest of you will never look for that spark.
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Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly: Fierce and Fearless

Long before the 1970s, the golden era of investigative journalism, there was Nellie Bly. She was the pioneer in investigative reporting. And the year was 1880.
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startup names

The Web’s Baby Babble Startup Names

Forkly, Mingly and Grovo. Twitter with its tweets and peeps. Digg, reddit, Bebo and Mixi. Tumblr, Flickr and folkd. Oovoo and Zoomr. Prezi and scribd. Badoo, Rapt, Mubi and Wooxie. Spotify, Blippy and Twilio. Zynga, Scribd and Tsy. Pet names? No, the Web’s Baby Babble startup names.
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German Jews in New York

Searching for German-Jews in New York

The number of German-Jewish émigrés, who fled to the United States from Germany in the early 1930s, is dwindling. I miss so many of them, whom I’ve met in New York in the early 1990s, when I was managing editor of the legendary German-Jewish newspaper Aufbau.
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Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas: “I Was Just Part of a Cabal”

Helen Thomas was the first woman officer of the National Press Club after it opened its doors to women members, and for many women she has become a role model and then some. A conversation about women in media and why she was part of the cabal.
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Women working abroad

Culture Gaps and Gaffes: Women Working Abroad

Women traveling and working abroad are faced with the same culture clashes as their male counterparts in dealing with foreigners. But they also encounter local gender misconceptions, prejudices and cultural roadblocks.
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Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai: Jerusalem’s Poet

Yehuda Amichai was Israel’s most quoted and beloved poet, who wrote the survival guide to Jerusalem for the people who live there. He was a voice from the street, who wrote about love with an echo of war, and about war while hinting at love.
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American Jews and Israel

American Jews and Israel: A Symbiosis

In the late 1950s, the United States and tiny Israel entered into a mutual dependence that assured Israel its survival and provided the United States with an important strategic partner in the Middle East. This close cooperation was both initiated and advanced by American Jews. How has the relationship changed over the years?
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JDC

“Grandpa’s Safe Haven”

More than 90 years after the founding of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the philanthropic organization still has a tremendous impact on the lives of the needy and those who were helped by the organization in the past. Here are three generations and their stories
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