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Redesign offers big impact in smaller format for heroin investigation

By Ron Reason I’ve always been a fan of the tabloid newspaper format (or “compact,” as some in the U.S. prefer). I especially like how, for an important investigative series, the smaller page can shine a spotlight on the news in a way that a multi-topic broadsheet front page, with all its distractions, might not. […]

Cincinnati reader feedback: ‘Truly awesome.’ (Plus: more live pages)

Near the end of the first day of the new look/format/spirit Cincinnati Enquirer, Editor Carolyn Washburn forwarded a selection of reader comments, which I’ve interspersed below with live page designs from the second and third day. (Kudos to Gannett Louisville Design Studio manager Ryan Hildebrandt and his crew.) From my experience in years of redesigns […]

The redesigned Cincinnati Enquirer: Readers Guide, first pages

Congratulations to Editor Carolyn Washburn, Gannett Design Team Supervisor Ryan Hildebrandt, and their teams today as they debut a new look, format, and spirit for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The paper is the second major title in the U.S. to convert to a folded, tall-tab format called “Super Compact/Three Around,” and Washburn took the opportunity over […]

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 […]

Prototyping Secrets, Part 2: The Mechanics of Redesign

TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF TEXT, VISUALS, AND ADS  By Ron Reason My recent post dissecting the process of redesign brought an interesting question from a blog reader: How realistic should the text and photos be that are used on prototypes? I think the mechanics of redesign – the use of images, text and ads […]

Prototyping Secrets, Part 1: The Process of Redesign

TIPS FOR LEADING AND MANAGING YOUR PROJECT TOWARD EXCELLENCE  By Ron Reason Editorial redesigns often follow a similar process, which I have refined in my work from Delhi to Dubai. In this post I’ll share thoughts about how to make the most of  the process of prototyping, but I will outline the other steps I often follow […]

Production hubs and newspaper redesigns: Project management advice

In the last few years, the bulk of my consulting work has come from redesign projects for newspaper “hubs,” or centralized staffing centers where shared templates (with, perhaps, a controlled amount of customization) allow for streamlined production. First off was a shared design created for the three large “metro” newspapers of Media General, in Tampa, […]

Client references and recommendations

Following are recommendations from former clients. With the exception of the final testimony from Judy VandeWater, all are excerpted from my LinkedIn profile. Jeremy Weate Multimedia Director, Timbuktu Media, Nigeria (I worked with Jeremy and his team on custom newsroom training programs and the creation of multimedia strategy for the startup news organization NEXT.)

In Cincinnati, strategic prep
for the new ‘super compact’ format

The current Enquirer page size, left, compared with approximate dimensions of the ‘super compact’ canvas, right. The design is expected to change substantially. Originally published December 2011. Update: We’ve launched!  [CINCINNATI, Ohio] I’ve just returned from an invigorating three days helping to advise the staff of The Cincinnati Enquirer on the paper’s conversion (around October 2012) […]

Warren Buffett’s good taste in community news, dynamic design

Maybe Warren Buffett knows the value of good design, as well as solid local community news? Link via the image above or here to review an inspiring portfolio of the Media General dailies and weeklies acquired this week by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. The papers (whose redesign I directed in 2010-2011) sport solid, inviting and often […]