All posts in category Design Critiques

7 Things to Love About The Stranger: An Illustrated Guide.

[Update: Since this blog post was first published in 2010, some design elements of The Stranger may have changed, but the spirited visual mission has not. Find lots of fun new links celebrating the paper’s 25th anniversary at the bottom of this post. To be clear, this was not one of my redesign projects; rather, it’s among […]




Prototyping a startup newspaper?
Here are 5 free tips to do it right

[Sample pages from a 28-page prototype of the Rocky shared publicly today. To peruse the entire thing and offer your own opinions, click here.] [Dec. 9, 2014] Just across the Twitter has come news that “Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News.” Hurrah, one might think! Someone believes in the power […]




3 unglamorous (but excellent) details from a campus newspaper redesign

The Cult of News Design loves to fawn over magazine covers and newspaper front pages (that’s what wins awards, after all), much to the neglect of small details and inside pages that comprise 90% of a newspaper or magazine. This post zooms in a bit on some smaller but impactful work that came out of […]




The Panorama experiment: What newspapers and magazines can still learn

What if you redesigned your newspaper, or published a start-up, that elicited reactions like this:




An alt-weekly wish list: Editing, design, spirit

[Newer Post: 7 Things to Love About The Stranger: An Illustrated Guide.] More thoughts from a weekend immersion in the world of alternative weekly newspapers. Fun crowd with lots of talent, energy, and passion, despite the challenges of the current economic climate. Here’s a little fantasizing about where I’d take them in a perfect world […]




Redesign check-up: Portland Press Herald

Every so often I’ll go on the Newseum gallery of daily front pages, and check up on random former clients. A few days ago I was pleased to see this front page from The Portland Press Herald, whose redesign I directed about 6 or 7 years ago. (Time flies!) Sometimes you look at a former […]




Creative Loafing relaunch, Issue 2 highlights

. [ATLANTA] The second issue of a relaunch always brings tweaks and adjustments, and a creative energy that often the heat of launch week might not allow. Such is the case with the new look for alt weekly Creative Loafing. Here are a couple of section openers that really caught my eye. . . They […]




Design Critique: From global warming to teen suicide, important topics

[LAST OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRITIQUING NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA] Our third installment of the special series of India newspaper critiques comes via submissions from Suresh N, Senior Visualiser for the Vijay Karnataka daily newspaper (in the regional language of Kannada) at Bangalore, Karnataka state in India. Hello, Suresh! Example 1: “This page is about global […]




Design Critique: Lots of visuals … too many?

[SECOND OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRITIQUING NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA] Sajeev Kumar, Visual Editor of Kerala Kaumudi, the daily newspaper in the Malayalam language in Kerala, India, sent several pages for our critique discussion. Years ago I encountered, with much trepidation, the challenge of doing newspaper critiques in a language that I could not read or […]




Design Critique: From India, in living colour

[FIRST OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRITIQUING NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA] First up in our offer for free critiques for newspapers from India (limited time only!) comes this submission from Arindam Biswas, of Anandabazar Patrika newspaper in Kolkata, circulation “more than 10 lacs. It’s the No.1 regional daily in Kolkata.” Describing the page, Arindam tells me: “It’s […]