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2012 forecast: When does a newspaper redesign make sense?

One of the most popular pages on the companion site to this blog (Ron Reason News Design) has been my Q&A on when and how to hire a newspaper redesign consultant. I’ve just updated it to reflect the very different consulting approaches my clients have asked of me within the last year, and my thoughts on […]

6 things the news industry can learn from the Chicago Reader (print edition)

[ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 40TH BIRTHDAY] (Related: How our redesign flipped the Reader’s iconic music coverage into its own brand, “B Side.”) Last year I wrote an admiring post on Seattle alt weekly The Stranger, praising the paper (as well as its integrated, smart and funny marketing and digital efforts), and pondering: This is […]

Will newspaper tabloid conversions finally take off?

It’s not quite a tab, but a new smaller shape is being considered by several U.S. publishers of broadsheet newspapers, reports Poynter Online this week. This report has caused a bit of a stir and led to a number of inquiries asking: is now the time when we move closer to tabloid in the States? Of […]

Chicago Reader redesign:
‘Will it get me to pick up the paper?’

“READER Week” continues, heralding the April 28, 2011 relaunch of the Chicago Reader. This post previews key changes that aim to make the print edition more appealing to readers and advertisers. There are dozens of smaller improvements to navigation and new content, but below are the biggies. In editing this post, I decided to address […]

Chicago Reader redesign:
A new music section to flip for

[Prototypes for covers of B Side: Chicago’s Music Magazine, the new music section of the Reader. Click to enlarge] Welcome to “READER Week,” a series of posts looking at the April 28, 2011 relaunch of the Chicago READER, the alternative newsweekly celebrating its 40th year. To kick things off, we look at what may be the […]

Chicago Reader redesign: Questions, background about the paper and project

I’ve been fielding questions about the Chicago Reader since formally beginning consultation on its redesign in September 2010. Below are a few questions about the redesign since it launched, as well as some basic background and links relating to the paper as of April 2011. For more about the relaunch of the paper on April […]

Don’t want a generic redesign? Learn from those who focused

Occasionally I get emails from prospective clients, or people working on their own redesigns, or others just interested in publication design, that are worth sharing on the blog. Here’s one that came through over the weekend: Question: “We’re interested in doing a redesign, but concerned about looking like everyone else. Our community is distinctive and […]

The redesign client weighs in: On working with a consultant

The following article is republished with permission from the Spring 2011 issue of Signature, the flagship magazine of Association Media & Publishing that provides practical information and news about the association publishing industry, addresses current issues and technology, and keeps members abreast of new developments. It was written by Carla Kalogeridis, editorial director of Association […]

2011 forecast: When does a newspaper redesign make sense?

One of the most popular pages on the companion site to this blog (Ron Reason News Design, launched in 1997!) has been my Q&A on when and how to hire a newspaper redesign consultant. I’ve just updated it to reflect the very different consulting approaches my clients have asked of me within the last year, […]

Richmond Times-Dispatch
redesign unveils Dec. 7

Yes, Virginia, there’s a lot to look forward to this holiday season, for lovers of improved newspapers. The Richmond Times-Dispatch launches design and content changes this week (Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010). Above is a quick look at daily and front page prototypes; live pages will be posted here this week. Among the changes: Bigger body […]