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Need to transition? Move those feet!

Recently I was asked by DESIGN, the magazine of the Society for News Design, to contribute to its summer issue focused on theme of “transition.” SND President Sara Quinn suggested I frame my ideas around a series of photos that intrigued her in recent years, taken while looking down at my feet as I have […]

One-year redesign checkup: healthy covers for a healthcare magazine

Occasionally I like to check in on my redesign clients to see how design elements and strategies for change have been adopted. Modern Healthcare magazine, which I redesigned in November 2013, just passed its one-year anniversary. One of the chief directives from Publisher Fawn Lopez: “Ron, we have got to do something about these covers.” […]

Format busters! 3 clients tell stories
in graphic, novel ways

Going bold with ‘comics journalism’: The Reader, Creative Loafing, and U of Chicago research magazine Capital Ideas [July 13, 2014] The work of three current and former clients reinforces the potential for visual journalism to tell complex stories in eye-grabbing ways – the Chicago Reader and Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, both of which I redesigned several years ago, and Capital […]

2013 in Review: Busy Year, Challenging Projects

In a completely unscientific look at how the media landscape is moving forward, here’s a recap of the challenging, exciting projects I’ve been engaged in this year: February: I created the design for GRID, the print edition of a new business news venture for the Chicago Sun-Times. A glossy weekly inserted into select copies of […]

On the road to a magazine redesign, covers get a jump-start

 

Magazine redesign: Exploring display typography during prototyping

One of my favorite things about working on magazine redesigns is exploring the possibility of display type to create energy and excitement throughout the pages. I learned long ago not to be put off by potentially dry or academic content – every story has potential to be made more visually inviting with display type.

For U of Chicago’s economics research magazine, a sharper editorial focus

[Summer 2013] Capital Ideas, the magazine of ideas and analysis from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago, has redesigned to adopt a sharper editorial focus, with a new look that emphasizes information over decoration. I have been working for several months with editors Hal Weitzman and Emily Lambert, in the school’s new department of Intellectual […]

Print magazines:
What does the near future hold?

[Samples of my magazine redesign clients. Click for more inspiring client work.] [Aug. 1, 2013] A provocative question from the audience after my presentation today to the Florida Magazine Association, “The Road to Revamp: Inside the Magazine Redesign Process.” What do I think the near future holds for print magazines? My reply: That despite lots of […]

Follow Bloomberg’s “cover trail,”
chatty new TOC page

If you’re a design nerd (and face it, if you’re here, you are), you may be interested in checking out a few things cooking at Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg’s covers (such as this week’s and last’s, shown above) have really drawn a cult following. They are surprising, often witty solutions that run counter to the traditional […]

Grid, Week 2: Inside view from the publisher, plus new pages

Publisher: “We’re going like hell and trying to do something great – there are no rules here.” It’s always great to see a client move into the second week and beyond after a new launch, and not see any evidence of working out the kinks. Thus is the case with this batch of pages from […]