All posts in category Business Publications

Meet ‘Grid,’ a Chicago business mag with a focus on careers, networks

When asked by Chicago Sun-Times Media Group late last year to help with the creation of a new weekly business supplement, I was a bit skeptical. Nice to have the work, but hadn’t the paper been cutting back on business coverage (and staff)? And with the Crain’s flagship business weekly in town, the Trib down […]

New year, new clients: hello again,
Sun-Times, and U of Chicago

By coincidence as much as anything, I’ve had a history of really interesting clients, and 2013 has dawned with a couple that are no exception. First, for several months I’ve been helping the Chicago Sun-Times create a new business magazine (details and prototype images to come later). This paper has seen its share of change […]

A business newspaper redesigns – ‘from a position of strength’

[The first live edition of the redesigned newspaper. From the logo to the body text, all type was reconsidered. For the first issue, a more magazine-like centerpiece was planned to grab attention. See additional design variations in prototypes below, and compare the new look to the old look from recent issues.] [LITTLE ROCK] Arkansas Business, […]

Ad Age goes edgy with ‘Digital Issue’ cover lettering

This week’s cover of Advertising Age (a past client that I watch regularly) provided a bit of a typographic shocker: a chaotic digital font (or is it a font?) overlaid on a cast photo from MTV’s “Skins.” The headline: THE DIGITAL ISSUE (an annual affair for Ad Age). The subhead: “Your consumer’s brain on digital: […]

Magazine redesign: Anatomy of a news page makeover

News pages of Hispanic Business, before redesign. Click twice to enlarge

Magazine redesign: Anatomy of a travel page makeover

Travel page of Hispanic Business, before and after redesign. Click twice to enlarge [2nd of 2 parts: See related entry on magazine news page design]

A TOC alternative: Ad Age’s Programming Guide

The 2006 Programming Guide debut (click twice on all images for larger detail). To view the evolution of this feature, keep reading … EARLIER HERE I’ve shared my thinking that, for many publications, the notion of a Table of Contents is outdated. Why repeat every single headline on a TOC when A) several or even […]

An honor for Hispanic publication design

Congratulations to Clemente Nicado, publisher of Negocios Now, for this week’s announcement that the Chicago business publication has been named among the top designed newspapers in a national competition conducted by the Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). The newspaper also won a citation for Best Business Article. I served as the design consultant for the […]

How to reinstate/reinvent business coverage?

Received this inquiry from an editor at a 60,000-circulation daily: “Ron – I was looking over your Web site. We are considering reinventing our daily and Sunday business pages and section. We are basically starting from scratch, since we have not put much emphasis on business coverage in the last few years. “Do you know […]