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Redesign amplifies NCAA magazine’s focus on diversity, equality

[Related posts: How new formats and philosophies for the Cincinnati Enquirer frame its powerful investigation of the region’s heroin epidemic; The Standard of Nairobi, Kenya, shines a spotlight on government corruption, public safety, poverty and famine.]  By Ron Reason

The art of the critique, Part 2: Making “post-mortems” work

Feedback after publication has its rewards, if done right (Second of two parts. For the first part, focusing on “pre-mortem” critiques, visit this link.) It’s been a while since I’ve helped manage a daily newsroom, so, for my two-part series on what works and what doesn’t in newsroom critiques, I thought I’d reach out to […]

Launching today: A new Crain’s Detroit Business for a new Detroit

[The relaunch issue cover, and a Special Report opener inside.]

Want a more creative publication? Skilled staff? Conduct art classes

Often the road to redesign brings happy surprises (beyond, one hopes, a smart looking publication). Prototyping and other goal-setting can suggest workflow restructuring, clarification of roles and responsibilities, and training needs. All came about at our redesign this spring of Crain’s Detroit Business, where redesign project manager Pierrette Dagg was promoted to Creative Services Director shortly before the relaunch. She […]

NYT Magazine redesign: for students, textbook “Design and Disruption”

Early word last week on the redesign/reinvention of The New York Times Magazine gave a good indication this wouldn’t be just a cosmetic exercise, a shuffling around of fonts with a few new editorial features. Instantly I suspected this would offer great lessons for the coming week for my class, “Critical Thinking About Design and […]

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 […]

Hispanic business press pioneer: Three cheers for growth, diversification

It’s always terrific to see one of my clients moving forward, making new connections, and creating new revenue streams. Even better to hear gushing praise for these efforts directly from readers, advertisers, and partners. Such was the case Friday, June 20, 2014, when the publishers of the Hispanic business newspaper Negocios Now invited me to witness […]

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 […]

Big Willie birthday wishes from former client Dallas Morning News

Loved seeing this grand gesture in this week’s Sunday Arts section of The Dallas Morning News, a former and beloved redesign client. Through 80 illustrations (mainly portraits) the newspaper marks the 80th birthday of country-western-folk-jazz legend Willie Nelson (a personal fave). They’ve done this before, with Elvis and others, but this effort truly stands out. […]

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